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KapaaUnited States of America

Explore the scenic nature trails and busy shops of this pleasant town that lies in the shadow of the Sleeping Giant.

Kapaa is a small commune with an excellent shopping district and watersports offerings. Its nature trails meander through dense tropical forests and its pristine beaches decorate the island’s eastern coast. Explore the parks and waterfalls that make up the scenic, eclectic terrain around this town, whose name is Hawaiian for “Solid.”

Wander through the town center and explore the shops for souvenir items, such as aloha shirts, vintage maps and jewelry. Kinipopo Shopping Village and the Wailua Shopping Plaza are among the best malls. The latter holds an intriguing antique shop and several restaurants.

Get to know the surrounding countryside with a trek along the Sleeping Giant Trailhead, which runs through the forests of its namesake mountain. Enjoy the views of the ocean and the town of Kapaa from the summit. A little southwest is Wailua Falls, a double waterfall that flows over a mossy cliff. Swim in the pool and see a rainbow in the falls on a sunny day. Visit the nearby Opaekaa Falls, which tumbles into a secluded pool surrounded by dense vegetation.

Head east to take advantage of the year-round hot, sunny weather on the wonderful sandy bays. Join the surfers and body boarders on Kealia Beach, which is near the Spalding Monument that honors a former plantation owner and offers spectacular views and trails. Farther south is Lydgate Beach Park. Bring your family here for its calm water, picnic tables and shady areas

For a sense of local culture, spend an evening at the Smith Family Garden Luau. Enjoy a traditional meal and listen to live Hawaiian music on this scenic retreat. Admire the upside-down ferns in the Fern Grotto.

Find the town in eastern Kauai. Drive north for about 8 minutes from Wailua to get here. Arrive at Lihue Airport and travel north for 7 miles (11 kilometers).

With its malls, trails and waterfalls, Kapaa is an eclectic shopping hub and nature retreat.

Top hotels in Kapaa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is NZ$191 per night

This family-friendly Kapaa condo is located by the ocean, within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Lydgate Beach Park and Kauai Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (1,192 reviews)

"The staff was very nice and willing to accommodate ur needs.the only thing i didnt like was that the room wasn't clean as id expect it but nothing that couldnt b fixed."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jun. 2020

Plantation Hale Suites
Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is NZ$279 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,101 reviews)

"We had a great stay here! It was conveniently located and well priced. Our room was clean although the bathroom smelled a little musty at first. The parking lot gets a bit crowded but there is a grassy lot for extra parking which meant that we were always able to find a spot. We would stay here again! ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Apr. 2020

Kauai Shores Hotel
The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.
The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.
3 out of 5
4-796 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI
The price is NZ$244 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Waipouli Beach, Fuji Beach and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Town Park are also within ...

3.7/5Good! (998 reviews)

"The view is beautiful and the employees are very sweet and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2020

The ISO. Island. Sky. Ocean.

Popular places to visit in Kapaa

Wailua Falls
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Wailua Falls

4/5(20 reviews)

Admire the tropical scenery engulfing this double waterfall that flows into a large basin surrounded by mossy cliffs and forests.

Smith's Tropical Paradise
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Smith's Tropical Paradise

Embark on a journey down the river to this traditional family luau with feasts, music and shows in a tropical environment.

Sleeping Giant Trailhead
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Sleeping Giant Trailhead

Trek over the chest of this rocky giant for views of the ocean and rivers next to the luscious terrain of eastern Kauai.

Top activities in Kapaa

Best of Northeast Kauai Sightseeing Tour & Riverboat Ride
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Best of Northeast Kauai Sightseeing Tour & Riverboat Ride

NZ$242
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate
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Lydgate Farms Kauai Chocolate

NZ$154
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Private Climbing the Sleeping Giant Hike
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Private Climbing the Sleeping Giant Hike

NZ$486
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Hawaiian Style Fishing Charter
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Hawaiian Style Fishing Charter

NZ$1,093
Per adult
Wailua half day blue hole views (Kuilau ridge)
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Wailua half day blue hole views (Kuilau ridge)

NZ$506
Per adult
Kauai Waterfall Tour
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Kauai Waterfall Tour

NZ$296
Per adult

Cities near Kapaa

Lihue showing a coastal town and a beach

Lihue

Hanalei

Hanalei

Kalaheo showing a garden and a river or creek

Kalaheo

Waimea featuring a gorge or canyon

Waimea