Groovy Community with Eclectic Collection of Shops and Restaurants.

Located on the southeast shore of the Island, Kapaa is only nine miles from Lihue’s airport and takes approximately twenty minutes to reach. Kapaa is the first large town on the coast humming with energy and joy. It is snuggled at the foot of the “Sleeping Giant” mountain, opening mesmerizing views to your eyes. The town of Kapaa holds the largest community on Kauai and it is subjected to continuous expansion and modernization. Its constant growth-mode, pins its real estate on the map as the next hot-spot on the island. Kapaa’s real estate market includes oceanfront vacation rental condos, up-country single-family homes, and spacious, sizable acreage plantation-style properties. Homes are typically designed to amplify the amazing views, and outdoor space with sweeping verandas and privacy. Kapaa’s high mountains are home to Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, sitting under a sacred volcano. A true place of peace, where the sounds of the world simply fade away. Open to the public from 9:00 am for morning Puja, the monastery brings a truly unique prospective on one’s life and existence on the planet.


Kapa’a means “solid’ in Hawaiian. Early Hawaiians lived a simple life in this historic community and supported their families with reef fishing along the coast. It’s likely that you’ll spot residents carrying on the tradition of their predecessors as you sightsee the area. In the 1800s, Kapa’a was dominated by Makee Sugar Company, led by King David Kalākaua. The sugar business created work opportunity and attracted people with varied ethnicities to the Island including Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos. In sync to the its original residents, the modern population of Kapaa’s is very diverse in nature. A common trait of its residents and people drawn to live here is their love for independent and health-conscious lifestyle. Travelers find this small town, adorable and friendly, known for its colorful, eclectic storefronts and staggering white-sand beaches.


Kapa’a is a key area for shopping on Kauai. Kinipopo Shopping Village and Kauai Village Shopping Center offers a variety of great shops and eateries. Coconut Marketplace is another fun place seated with boutique shops, restaurants, live music and dancing performed by a local talent. Organic groceries and hand-picked health items are featured at Papaya’s Natural Foods. It is stocked with extensive selection of local produce, along with a fresh salad bar and lunch items to take home. Lava Lava Beach Club honors the local flavors with great Hawaiian food and a tropical blend of cocktails, served in an outdoor beach setting with live music. Elevated dining experience if found at JO2 offering consistant quality of food and service with its signature dishes of Japanese-Hawaiian fusion ocean catch with delicate French twist.  Other dining options include delicious garden produce and fresh-caught seafood at The Local, and artisan beers and gourmet burgers at Street Burger. Mexican flavors in the form of marvelous fish tacos and burritos are served at Sleeping Giant Grill and Monico’s Taqueria,  


Kapa’a has a wide-ranging outdoor activities and entertainment venues. Kealia Beach is carpeted with pearl-white sands and attracts surfers, body-surfers and sunbathers. Its long bike pathway extending all the way to the center of Kapa’a, is quite the Venice Beach of Kauai, as it attracts people for biking, roller blading and walking. Kapaa Beach Parks on the other hand provides for snorkeling and kite surfing. Resorts and vacation condos surround Lae Nani beach, comprised with ocean ponds and serene energy. Kauai’s sacred Wailua River is quite the atypical destination, as it doubles your pleasure concurrently on water and land. Combo hiking and kayaking tour, easy enough even for beginners are led by a state certified guide. There are two legs to the adventure: kayak trip down the river and a hike through tropical forest ending with a waterfall. Gretchen and Danelle teach yoga at a lovely Bikram Studio in mid-town Kapa’a, where you can sweat your problems away. 

Guests and residents enjoy tradition-honoring events and festivals full with excitement. Taste of Hawaii is all about creating the ultimate brunch. Tahitian Festival is a dynamic dance contest honoring the island culture. Coconut Festival features local entertainment, including fire dance demonstrations, and everything coconut food creations.

Nearby Scenic Hikes:

  • Ho'opi'i Falls Trail Head
  • Makaleha Trailhead
  • Sleeping Giant East Trailhead