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
Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
NZ$224
per night
7 Dec. - 8 Dec.

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,698 reviews)

"The staff were very courteous, and the restaurant had a nice ambiance."…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019

Kauai Shores Hotel
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
NZ$256
per night
22 Nov. - 23 Nov.

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Lae Nani Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,264 reviews)

"The whole staff, Anna,Raquel, Amber ,Rachel everyone were above and beyond sweet, kind supportive and helpful."…"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2019

Aston Islander on the Beach
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort
4 out of 5
650 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
NZ$284
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Waipouli Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Lydgate Beach Park. Lae Nani Beach and Wailua Beach Park ...

4/5Very Good! (2,027 reviews)

"The property is newly renovated and gorgeous. Room was very clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2019

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort

Popular activities in Kapaa

Wailua Falls
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Wailua Falls

4/5(19 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.

Opaekaa Falls
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Opaekaa Falls

4/5(1 review)

See the chutes of this glorious, accessible waterfall from the highway, before getting close to enjoy excellent picnic and photo opportunities.

Top activities in Kapaa

5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike
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5-Hour Secret Falls Kayak/Hike

NZ$103

This half-day trip of hiking and paddling on the Wailua River is a must-do activity while on Kauai. With an easy-going voyage in a tandem kayak and a moderate hike to a beautiful waterfall, you can truly appreciate the diversity and stunning beauty of the island, an outdoor enthusiast's paradise.

Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour
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Wailua River & Waimea Canyon Tour

NZ$191

From the comfort of an air-conditioned tour bus, see Garden Isle highlights such as the majestic Waimea Canyon and historic towns. Afterward, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise up the serene Wailua River to the legendary Fern Grotto.

Backcountry Tubing Adventure
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Backcountry Tubing Adventure

NZ$192

Venture to some of the most beautiful and remote areas in Kauai for breathtaking scenery and backcountry mountain tubing. As your knowledgeable guide shares stories of the island's history, sit back, relax, and float down a century-old waterway made of open ditches, tunnels, and flumes.

Smith Family Garden Luau
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Smith Family Garden Luau

NZ$155

Discover the spirit of aloha with a Hawaiian luau in a true tropical paradise on east Kauai. Set in the beautiful and sacred Wailua River Valley, this evening treats you to a delicious island-style meal along with a performance that brings Polynesian music and dance to life, complete with a thrilling fire-knife finale.

Fern Grotto Cruise
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Fern Grotto Cruise

NZ$39

From the comfort of an open-air river boat, enjoy views of the tropical scenery along the Wailua River as you are taken upstream to the mystical Fern Grotto. During the leisurely river cruise, hear songs and stories of ancient Hawaii and enjoy learning the hula from a local dancer.

Kauai Hiking Adventure
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Kauai Hiking Adventure

NZ$29

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