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The 5 Must See Waterfalls in Kauai

The 5 Must See Waterfalls of Kauai

Known as the Garden Island for its lush tropical landscape, Kauai is also home to countless waterfalls that complement other spectacular sites around the island including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. A few of these gorgeous falls are easy to get to, and others take a bit of effort to experience. Here is our top 5!

Waipoo Falls

Waipoo Falls is a glorious 800-foot waterfall in Waimea Canyon. You can see the falls from various lookout points along Highway 550, the road that takes you up to the museum and park. You can also snap magnificent pictures of the canyon from the Waipoo Falls Trail hike, a 3.2-mile roundtrip hike, which is located just off the highway between mile markers 14 and 15. While you will not see the falls up close in their splendor, this easy and popular hike will take you through rain forests and canyon rims ending at the top of the waterfall in a Awaawapuhi Ginger lined stream. The trail is considered easy/moderate, and is kid friendly for children that enjoy a great adventure outdoors and is part of the Waimea Canyon State Park.

Waipoo Falls in Kauai
Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon

Hanakapiai Falls

By far the most difficult to get to, the Hanakapiai Falls hike is impressive. After driving to the end of the road on Highway 56, park in the lot fronting Kee Beach and head out on the 2-mile Hanakapiai Trail. This is a very popular trek on the island so we suggest going early in the morning. For the first 2 miles you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Na Pali Coast as you traverse on switchbacks along the coastline.

Once you arrive at Hanakapiai Beach, it is an additional 2 miles upstream to the falls. The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300+ foot waterfall at the end of the tramp is definitely worth the adventure. This experience is not recommended for small children due to the terrain and difficulty of the hike.

Hanakapaiai Falls in Kauai
Hanakapaiai Falls

Wailua Falls

You can leave your hiking boots behind for this breathtaking display of Mother Nature. Wailua Falls, a double-tiered waterfall, is located just north of Lihue and is the most easily accessible on Kauai. Head north from Lihue on Highway 56 and take a left on Maalo Road in Hanamaulu. After traveling uphill for approximately 3 miles, the road ends at the parking lot of the falls.

You may recognize the prestige of these falls as they were used in the opening credits of the 80’s hit show, Fantasy Island. This adventure is definitely recommended for families with small children as there is no hiking involved. The views are just a short walk from the parking lot. Believe it or not you’re going to still run into a Rooster or two way up here! But where are you not going to find one, even going to see Kauai Waterfalls.

Wailua Falls Kauai
Wailua Falls

Kauai Secret Falls

Named Uluwehi Falls, but known to locals and visitors as Secret Falls, are an extremely popular adventure on the east side of the Garden Island. The trailhead to the falls is located up the Wailua River and requires water transport to get there. You can travel via kayak or canoe and there are several companies in the area that you can rent from, or you can always book a guided adventure.

Once you land your boat at the entrance to the trailhead, you hike up to the falls on a trail that can be extremely muddy and slippery. Hiking boots are not recommended. We suggest either going barefoot, using sport sandals or tabis. If you travel at a relaxed pace, it takes about 45 minutes each way. The is a great family friendly adventure for children that don’t mind paddling up the river and getting a little dirty on the trail.

Secret Falls Wailua Kauai
Secret Falls Wailua

Opaekaa Falls

Opaekaa means, “rolling shrimp” Supposedly the stream was full of shrimp and so they aptly named the dazzling waterfalls after them. Like Wailua Falls, this majestic site is easily accessible and requires no hiking. Simply turn up Kuamoo Road (580) from highway 56 and travel up the hill to the lookout that is located adjacent to the parking lot on the right hand side. There are many photo ops from this location, as well as from across the street where you are treated with views of the Wailua River Valley. Families with children all ages would enjoy Opaekaa Falls as the views can be seen from a brief walk from the parking area.

Opaekaa Falls in Kauai
Opaekaa Falls

So pack up the car, choose your destination and you will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Garden Island.

Interested in a hiking tour to see these and other great hikes around Kauai?  Check out http://hikingtourskauai.com/ Looking for more activities? Check out our Blog / Articles on Things to Do.

Don’t forget that our Poipu Vacation Rental is located on the most southern part of the Island but is relatively centrally located when you are going to do a tour of the Kauai Water Falls.

Kauai – Tourists can still visit the Island

HONOLULU (AP) 5/28/2018 — KAUAI WEATHER RELATED – Residents and businesses are still cleaning up from flooding that deluged parts of Kauai, but community leaders are urging tourists to keep coming so residents don’t suffer an economic calamity on top of record-breaking rains that smothered a normally green landscape in reddish-brown water.As Kauai Weather Creates Flooding April 2018

Some travelers are cancelling their reservations after getting the wrong impression the mid-April flooding damaged the entire Hawaiian island. Although landslides blocked roads and floods tore apart homes and uprooted trees, most of the island is unscathed. Nearly 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

Some tourists are avoiding the island’s north shore where fast-moving waters swept away cars, even though many businesses have reopened.

Tourism is the biggest industry on the island there and most restaurants and shops rely on spending by visitors to stay afloat, providing jobs for thousands of Kauai residents.

Kauai County Council Chairman Mel Rapozo, who works as a hotel night auditor, said some visitors have been talked out of canceling their trips but that others cancel them online without speaking to anyone.

“My concern is the economic impact should those businesses start closing up — even temporarily — because they do employ a significant amount of our residents,” Rapozo said. “A lot of people will lose their jobs. And that’s going to cause another situation here for Kauai.”

He said it would be an “economic disaster” if Kauai were to lose many jobs to a flood-induced tourism slowdown.

Tourists have been avoiding hard-hit Hanalei. A historic small town and the commercial center of the island’s north shore even though many restaurants and shops on the town’s pedestrian-friendly main street are operating or reopening.

Rapozo said visitors should stick to the highway and avoid side roads, where tourists are likely to get in the way of repair crews.

Mina Morita, the president of the Hanalei Community Center, said the damaged narrow road leading to her home is now busy with heavy equipment and residents trying to clean up. She hopes visitors will respect the “local traffic only” sign posted on her street but wants them in the center of town because people whose homes were damaged “definitely need their jobs at this time.”

The Weather and flood reports didn’t deter Christina Zhu of Seattle, who hopes to snorkel and hike when she and her boyfriend visit Kauai early next month.

Rescheduling isn’t an option because their tickets aren’t refundable. Plus, they’ve already requested the time off work. She’s been researching what to do by reading guides and checking the Reddit page for Kauai for the latest weather and flooding news.

One activity she’s looking forward to: taking a shelter dog from the Kauai Humane Society on a field trip, perhaps on a dog-friendly hike. The human society has allowed visitors to take a dog on such excursions since 2012.

“Flood or not, I’m sure there will be plenty of things to do on the island, and hopefully as a tourist I will be able to help out somehow as well,” she said.

Jan Snarski of Vancouver, British Columbia said his family was a little worried when they saw how much water was on the ground when they arrived a day after the storm. But they found places to surf, hike and swim.

Snarksi said Kauai was “business as usual” when he left Wednesday.

“The weather was perfect and we had a fabulous last day on the island,” Snarksi said in an email while flying home.

The National Weather Service said preliminary data indicates Kauai’s Weather broke a national rainfall record after a gauge one mile west of Hanalei recorded 49.69 inches (126.21 centimeters) during the 24-hour period ending at 12:45 p.m. on April 15. If certified, that would break the current record of 43 inches (109 centimeters) recorded in Alvin, Texas in 1979.

The island’s north shore towns of Haena and Wainiha will be off-limits until at least next month because landslides cut off Kuhio Highway, the only road connecting them to the rest of the island. Officials hope to open one lane by May 7 but only for emergency vehicles at first.

The blocked highway will prevent access to hiking trails hugging dramatic cliffs along the Napali Coast and popular beach parks at Haena.

Visitors can still gaze across Hanalei valley for a postcard-picture view of taro patches fronting verdant mountains.

And there was no damage to favored sites elsewhere, like the white sands of Poipu Beach, spots overlooking Wailea’s waterfalls and Waimea Canyon — a deep gorge dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” We are seeing clear skies, warm weather at our Kauai Vacation Rental on the South Side of the Island and there is plenty to do on the South Island. More About This Story

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Kilauea Market & Cafe Opens!

The residents of Kauai’s north shore have been waiting a long time for the Kilauea Market and its adjoining stores to open. Kilaeua Market CafeStarted in 2016, the project ran into planning and road issues, as well as lots of rainy weather (remember the 2018 Kauai Flood?). So, the opening of the first new shopping center on the north shore in 30 years was delayed for over a year. Last month the North Shore Animal Clinic and the Kilauea Market & Cafe finally opened their doors. It is unclear when the rest of the shopping center, known as “Ahuimanu” will open.

Tenants who have signed up for space at Ahuimanu include: Grande’s Gems Hawaii, Island Soap & Candle Works, Kai Bar Coffee Roasters, Kauai Boba & BBQ, the Kauai Government Employees Credit Union, Shipwrecked Kauai Lifestyle Boutique and Wyland Galleries. There is also talk of two more sit-down eateries, one offering fine dining.

The Kilauea Market & Cafe is a new concept developed by the parent company of the Foodland supermarket chain. In it you will find the small version of a typical food market, offering grocery, meat, seafood, wine, beer, bakery items and produce. But, in addition to this, the market emphasizes prepared foods, a beer and wine bar, gourmet coffee and pastries, and a ‘create your own’ poke bowl counter.

Kilauea Market & Cafe The Kilaua Market & Cafe allows you to Grab a quick meal and go, or eat in. There is seating for 70 customers in a cafeteria-style section of the market. Picnic tables are outside for additional seating.

Kilauea Market & Cafe Menus

Breakfast – Served Daily from 6:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Baked Goods at the Kilauea Market & Cafe

  • Waffles and Pancakes – Four choices, including a “Banana Bread” waffle (caramel sauce, bananas, banana bread crumble, and vanilla cream): Prices range from $8.99 to $13.99
  • Eggs and Things – Four choices, including a Kalua Hash Patty (Kalua pig, spinach, potato, sweet potato, 2 eggs over easy): Prices range from $9.99 to $15.99
  • Sandwiches – Three choices, including a Breakfast Sandwich (pretzel croissant, pipikaula, farm egg, cheddar, tomato, watercress pesto): Prices range from $6.99 to $10.99
  • Grains and Berries – Two choices
  • Sides, Roasted Coffees and Smoothies

Lunch and Dinner – Served Daily from 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM

  • Pizza – Five choices, including Kahuna (Kalua pig, pickled onions, lomi tomato, boursin): Prices range from $12.49 to $15.99Kilauea Market Cafeteria
  • Plate Lunch – Five choices (Kauai Shrimp Truck, Pulehu Ribs, Poi Stew, Braised Shoyu Chicken and Grilled Ahi): Prices range from $14.99 to market price for Ahi
  • Kilauea Specialties – Three choices (Kilauea Moco, Kalua Hash Patty, Fried Saimin): Prices range from $12.99 to $15.99
  • Burgers and Sandwiches – Four choices (Kubano, Lighthouse burger, Hanalei taro burger, Ahi sandwich): Prices range from $13.99 to market price for Ahi
  • Beer Food (hapa fries, nachos, sticky wings), Salads (chop chop, tofu watercress), Desserts (Malasadas By Da Bag, Cake Slice of the Day)

Kilauea Market & Cafe is open daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PMKilauea Market & Cafe Liquor

Location: The Ahuimanu shopping center is located at the corner of Lighthouse Road and Keneke Street in Kilauea. Look for the stone buildings which used to be owned by the Kilauea Plantation, a sugar cane company. This new shopping center is a convenient stop on your way to and from the Kilauea Lighthouse.

Website: https://www.kilaueamarket.com/

Phone Number: (808) 828-2182

HAMMERS ‘N ALES Saturday October 12 2019

Hammers ‘N Ales = Oktoberfest Island Style

Hammers 'N Ales 2019 Oktoberfest Island Style
Oktoberfest Island Style

 Come and participate in the Annual Hammers ‘N Ales event on Saturday October 12th 2019 at Poipu Beach Athletic Club Concert Lawn 2p.m. – 6p.m.

Live music – Craft Beer –  Food

Come have fun and support affordable housing on Kauai at the ultimate island Oktoberfest. Kauai Habitat’s Hammers N’Ales will feature great food, cold drinks, music, sunshine, and fun. All food and drink included in ticket price plus logo tasting glass.

Breweries participating in this event include: Kauai Island Brewery, Kohola, Lani Kai, Maui Brewing, Honolulu Beerworks, Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, 10 Barrells, Four Peaks, and more.

Food By; The Cabana Bar & Grill, Keoki’s Paradise, Lava Lava Beach Club, Plantation Gardens, Merriman’s Fish House, The Right Slice, The Kitchen at Papaya’s & Ruth Chris.

Live Music by; Cruz Control & Homestead.Hammers ‘N Ales 2019

Tickets – $75.00 in advance through EventBrite

This is a 21 and over event. Must present ID at the Door.

Join Habitat for Humanity Kauai for a fun afternoon at Hammers ‘N Ales and to help support affordable housing on Kauai. For additional Information about the event and how you might lend a hand as a volunteer call Chris Young at 808-635-0411 for any information or email at chrisyoung@kauaihabitat.org.

This is another great event to attend while you are staying at our Poipu Vacation Rental

Currently we have availability for this weekend at our Poipu Vacation Rental. Check our Online Calendar to confirm that it is still available or Contact Us directly for a Reservation. If you Mention this article when you call to reserve  & Let us know that you found out about our Vacation Rental through reading it.  We’ll Donate 10% of your Lodging to Habitat Kauai

Looking for more “Things-To-Do in Kauai” checkout our Articles / Blog and search for Activities, Water Sports and more.

HAMMERS ‘N ALES Saturday October 13th, 2018

Oktoberfest Island Style

Hammer-N-Ales Brew Fest 2018
Poipu Beach Oktoberfest 2018
Online Tickets: http://KauaiHabitat.org

Saturday October 13th 2018 at Poipu Beach Athletic Club Concert Lawn 2p.m. – 6p.m.

Live music – Craft Beer – Ono Food

Food By; The Cabana Bar & Grill, Keoki’s Paradise, Lava Lava Beach Club, Plantation Gardens, Merriman’s Fish House, The Right Slice, The Kitchen at Papaya’s & Ruth Chris.

Live Music by; Cruz Control & Homestead.

Tickets – $75.00 in advance / $85.00 at the door

This is a 21 and over event. Must present ID at the Door. Net proceeds to support the construction of affordable homes in the ‘Ele ‘ele Iluna subdivision.

Another great event to attend while you are staying at our Poipu Vacation Rental. For more “Things-To-Do in Kauai” checkout our Articles / Blog for more!