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Amazing Things To Do In Lihue

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Things To Do In Lihue

Lihue is the second-largest town on the Hawaiian island and one of the best tourist places. This place comes with a host of attractions that will certainly leave your spell-bounded. The following article has a collection of places that you must visit when in Lihue. We hope you have fun in this beautiful town. 

Natural Attractions In Lihue That You Must Visit

Lihue is famous all over the Hawaiian islands for its natural attractions. Here is a list of places that you must-visit when in Lihue.

1.Wailua Falls

Lihue is famous for its many scenic natural sites and Wailua Falls is certainly one of them.
Lihue | Photo Credit – Sharon Hahn Darlin

Lihue is famous for its many scenic natural sites and Wailua Falls is certainly one of them. The waterfalls in 173 feet in height and serves as a major tourist attraction. The waterfall is located on the South Fork Wailua River.

Although there are paths to the bottom of the falls, we would recommend you to avoid them, as it can get slippery. Wailua Falls is a perfect place to visit with your lover on a weekend.

2.Menehune Fishpond

The Menehune Fishpond is one of the most famous places to visit in Lihue.
Menehune Fishpond | Photo Credit – James Abbott

Known as the Alekoko Fishpond, the Menehune Fishpond is one of the most famous places to visit in Lihue. Owing to its historic significance and popularity, the pond was listed in the U.S National Register of Historic Places.

The pond is an important part of the popular legends in Hawaii and is thus an important marker of their oral history. The pond is very old and its formation is linked to many mythical narratives. If your idea of a vacation involves sitting by a pond and watching the sun go down, this is just the place for you.

3.Fern Grotto

Fern Grotto is one of the major natural attractions in Lihue and hence a must-visit place. Located on top of the Wailua River, the Fern Grotto is a fern-fringed cave that will blow away your mind.

Here you shall sight hanging ferns and other tropical foliage. Overall, the view is hard to describe but impossible to forget.

4.Kalapaki Beach

The waves at the beach in Lihue are usually gentle, so it is a safe place to visit with your kids.
Kalapaki Beach | Photo Credit – Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) view

A visit to Lihue would be incomplete without enjoying its beach to the fullest. So make the best of your visit to Lihue, with a visit to Kalapaki Beach. If you like to indulge in outdoor activities, you will love this beach as it is a popular spot for sports like swimming, body surfing, and surfing.

The waves at the beach are usually gentle, so it is a safe place to visit with your kids. The clear waters of the Kalapaki beach will certainly rejuvenate you and we highly recommend you to visit it.

Museums And Other Places To Visit In Lihue

Take out some time to visit the following place in order to savor Lihue at its best.

1.Grove Farm Homestead & Sugar Plantation Museum

Celebrate the rich history of Kauai with a visit to Grove Farm Homestead & Sugar Plantation Museum in Lihue.
Kauai | Photo Credit – John Loo

Celebrate the rich history of Kauai with a visit to Grove Farm Homestead & Sugar Plantation Museum. Here you will be able to understand the importance of sugar cane in the agricultural industry of Kauai. 

Located in the center of Lihue, and spread across an area of one hundred acres, here you will find the original plantation main house, owner’s cottage, guest cottage, among other buildings.

This is an ideal place to visit if you are looking forward to understanding the rich heritage of Lihue. In order to experience the museum to its fullest, we recommend you to enroll for a guided tour.

2.Kauai Museum

The museum also has a gift shop from where you can shop for a relic to serve as a memory of your time in Lihue, Hawaii.
Kauai Museum | Photo Credit – Anson Chappell

Interested in Hawaii’s culture and rich history? There is no better place than the Kauai Museum to learn it all.  This place is one of the most visited places owing to its significance and location. The museum is situated on a lava rock, and this is just half of the fun.

The rest of the thrill lies inside the museum, where you will find work by local artisans of Hawaii. The museum seeks to preserve and celebrate the culture of the indigenous people of Hawaii. 

This museum also has a gift shop from where you can shop for a relic to serve as a memory of your time in Hawaii. The museum also frequently organizes a number of events in order to reach out to more people.

3.Koloa Rum Company

If you like, what you drink, make sure that you buy some to enjoy during the rest of your stay in Hawaii.
Old Sugar Mill Of Koloa | Photo Credit – Teemu008

Have you ever been to a distillery before? If no, then here is your chance at Koloa Rum Company.  Here you shall be able to taste the rum made out of Hawaiian sugarcane.

At the Koala Rum Company, you shall be able to taste some of the finest rum of Hawaii. If you like, what you drink, make sure that you buy some to enjoy during the rest of your stay in Hawaii.

4. Nawiliwili Harbor

Nawiliwili Harbor | Photo Credit – James Brennan

Located on the South of Kalapaki Beach is the famous Nawiliwili Harbor of Lihue. This place is home to a boat harbor, a cruise ship, and a commercial cargo port.

This is an ideal place to visit if you love quiet outdoor places. You could take a stroll in the lush green grass at the harbor and gaze at the magic of the sea.

5.Kilohana Plantation

If you are interested in going back in time to know about the lives of the inhabitants of the Hawaiian islands in the 1930s, this is the place for you. The Kilohana Plantation is a 16,000 square foot mansion and a testament to the bygone years.

The estate is famous for its 35-acre scenic tropical gardens. Here you can indulge in activities like dining and shopping, apart from taking a stroll in the gardens. The place has a number of artisan shops where you can shop for local goods in Hawaii.

A visit to the Kilohana Plantation is one of the most fascinating experiences that await you in Lihue and we highly recommend it.

Places To Eat In Lihue

Treat your taste buds to some of the most delicious food in Lihue, with a visit to the following places:

1.Cafe Portofino

If you are looking for a place for a date night then Cafe Portofino is the ideal destination for you.  This is also a must-visit place for all Italian food lovers. The place has been awarded for cooking some of the most delicious cuisines on the island.

This is an ideal place to eat dinner as you can do so in their open-air setting. The sight of Kalapaki Bay coupled with some Italian food will certainly soothe your heart.

2.The Fish Express

A visit to an island in Lihue is certainly incomplete without tasting its sea-food.
The Fish Express | Photo Credit – Steve Jurvetson

A visit to an island is certainly incomplete without tasting its sea-food.  Here you shall be able to taste not just local food but also some Asian-fusion dishes.

This is an ideal place to dine with your family and we are sure that you will love their service. We recommend you to try out their Katsu with Wasabi cream and Fresh Fish Tacos.

3.Naupaka Terrace Breakfast Buffet

Located inside the Aqua Kaui Beach Resort in Lihue is the Naupaka Terrace Breakfast Buffet, where you have the chance to eat some delicious Hawaiian meal.
Hawaiian Meal | Photo Credit – Nate Burgos

Located inside the Aqua Kaui Beach Resort is the Naupaka Terrace Breakfast Buffet, where you have the chance to eat some delicious Hawaiian meal. They have an extensive menu which includes not just the local cuisine but Asian inspired recipes as well.

We would recommend you to dine on the terrace, from where you would be able to take in the sight of the waterfalls, and fish pond. This is one of the best places to eat breakfast and start your day. When you are at the Naupaka Terrace Breakfast Buffet, make sure that you try out their delicious salads.

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