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  • 1. Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    No one knows just who built this intricate aquaculture structure in the Huleia River. Legend attributes it to the Menehune, a mythical—or real...Read More

  • Haena Beach Park

    2. Haena Beach Park


    This is a drive-up beach park popular with campers year-round. The wide bay here—named Makua—is bordered by two large reef systems creating...Read More

    Haena Beach Park
  • Hanalei Bay

    3. Hanalei Bay


    This 2-mile crescent beach cradles a wide bay in a setting that is quintessential Hawaii. The sea is on one side, and behind you are the mountains...Read More

    Hanalei Bay
  • 4. Hanalei Valley Overlook

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Dramatic mountains and a patchwork of neat taro farms bisected by the wide Hanalei River make this one of Hawaii's loveliest sights. The fertile...Read More

  • Kalalau

    5. Kalalau


    Located at the end of the trail with the same name, Kalalau is a remote beach in spectacular Napali Coast State Wilderness Park. Reaching it...Read More

  • 6. Kauai Museum


    Maintaining a stately presence on Rice Street, the historic museum building is easy to find. It features a permanent display, "The Story of...Read More

  • 7. Kee Beach


    Highway 560 on the North Shore literally dead-ends at this beach, pronounced kay-eh. This is also the start of the famous Kalalau Trail, and...Read More

  • 8. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    A beacon for sea traffic since it was built in 1913, this National Historic Landmark celebrated its centennial in 2013 and has the largest clamshell...Read More

  • Lawai Kai

    9. Lawai Kai


    One of the most spectacular beaches on the South Shore is inaccessible by land unless you tour the National Tropical Botanical Garden's Allerton...Read More

    Lawai Kai
  • Mahaulepu Beach

    10. Mahaulepu Beach


    This 2-mile stretch of coast, with its sand dunes, limestone hills, sinkholes, and caves, is unlike any other on Kauai. Remains of a large,...Read More

    Mahaulepu Beach
  • Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

    11. Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens


    Joyce and Ed Doty's love for plants and art spans 240 acres and includes many different gardens, a hardwood plantation, an ahupua'a (a Hawaiian...Read More

    Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens
  • 12. Old Koloa Town

    Historic District/Site

    Koloa’s first sugar mill opened in 1835, ushering in an era of sugar production throughout the Islands, with more than 100 plantations established...Read More

  • Poipu Beach Park

    13. Poipu Beach Park


    The most popular beach on the South Shore is Poipu Beach Park. During calm seas, the snorkeling and swimming are good, and when the surf's up...Read More

    Poipu Beach Park
  • 14. Poliahu Heiau

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Storyboards near this ancient heiau (sacred site) recount the significance of the many sacred structures found along the Wailua River. It...Read More

  • Polihale State Park

    15. Polihale State Park


    The longest stretch of beach in Hawaii starts in Kekaha and ends about 15 miles away at the start of Napali Coast. At Napali end of the beach...Read More

    Polihale State Park
  • 16. Queen's Bath

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    A tropical path tucked away in a North Shore neighborhood winds its way down to the oceanfront, where a large tide pool has been carved into...Read More

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  • 17. Spouting Horn

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    If the conditions are right, you can see a natural blowhole in the reef behaving like Old Faithful, shooting salt water high into the air and...Read More

  • 18. Waimea Canyon

    Geological Site

    Carved over countless centuries by the Waimea River and the forces of wind and rain, Waimea Canyon is a dramatic gorge nicknamed the "Grand...Read More

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  • 19. Aliomanu Beach


    This narrow beach is lined with homes, most of them set back a bit and screened with vegetation that blocks access along the sand in a number...Read More

  • 20. Anahola Beach Park


    Anahola is part of the Hawaiian Homelands on Kauai, so Anahola Beach Park is definitely a locals' hangout, especially for families with small...Read More

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