Things to do in Kauai-Lihue

The island of Kauai is a fantastic getaway for vacations – and a beautiful spot for business trips. Named “cold chili” in Hawaiian, Lihue is located in the ancient district of Puna, and has amazing local culture and landmarks that celebrate its legacy. Looking for help navigating Lihue? That's what Vinnie is here for!

Read on for Vinnie Van GO's guide to Kauai-Lihue.

Kauai-Lihue Events

Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival

On September 16th, Kauai-Lihue once again welcomes visitors and accomplished jazz musicians from all over the world to the 8th Annual Westin Princeville Jazz and Wine Festival. Starting at 5:30 pm at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, island-inspired cuisine, wine, and lively musical entertainment kicks off, ending with a Silent Auction.

CKTV Golf Tournament

In late September, the CKTV Golf Tournament, and one of the area’s most talked about annual events, is hosted on Kauai-Lihue’s Wailua Golf Course. The event is open, so grab your irons and head to the green! Reserve a golf shuttle with GO!

Emalani Festival Kauai

Mid-October, one of Kauai’s most anticipated and authentic cultural events takes place on Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow in Kokeʻe State Park, just a shuttle ride away from major hotels. The event celebrates Hawaii’s beloved Queen Emma with hula, music, crafts, food, and a visit from Queen Emma herself. This is a great event for all ages!

Kauai-Lihue Stadiums

Vidinha Stadium

This stadium has plenty of local community events throughout the year. Make sure to check the website for more information and scheduling.

Hoolako Street
Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766

Kauai-Lihue Landmarks

Wailua Falls

This gorgeous waterfall off of Maalo Road awaits you after a short hike through nature trails. Take in beautiful views of some of the island’s best natural landmarks here!


This bay and beach is known to be incredibly beautiful and fun. Stop by for paddle boarding, swimming and sun tanning. Nearby are also plenty of shops and restaurants, so spending the day is easy.

Kilohana Plantation Estate

This historical site has been a local landmark since the 1930s, and is one of the area’s most popular tourist destinations. Learn about Kauai’s history with island-style activities, shopping, and delicious cuisine. There are also breathtaking views, so don’t forget your camera.

Kauai-Lihue Neighborhoods

Kauai-Lihue is gorgeous no matter where you are, but there are a few ways to see the area’s sites that are more breathtaking than others. Wings Over Kauai, for example, has several wonderful helicopter tours over the island’s best natural landmarks throughout the day. Jack Harter Helicopters is an equally reputable company offering a bird’s eye view of Kauai-Lihue. For something more down-to-earth, check out Kauai Backcountry Adventures, an eco tour that will take you on hikes and water adventures throughout the island. For a day on the water, check out Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures — but don’t forget sunscreen!

Kauai-Lihue Restaurants

The Fish Express

For cheap, local-approved eats, look no further than The Fish Express. This spot serves up some of the area’s best seafood and Hawaiian cuisine, fast and fresh.

3-3343 Kuhio Hwy, 3-3343 Kuhio Hwy
Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766

Duke’s Kauai

This restaurant has views and atmosphere that is almost as good as its Polynesian cuisine! Stop by Duke’s for a true island experience — and delicious cocktails to boot.

3610 Rice Street
Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766

Gaylord’s at Kilohana

This fine dining experience is known far and wide to be one of the island’s best. Serving up Hawaiian and American cuisine, Gaylord’s has been attracting visitors for years. Make sure to call ahead!

3-2087 Kaumualii Hwy
Lihue, HI 96766

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