Appropriately dubbed the "Coconut Coast," Kauai's East Side is dotted with clusters of coconut trees. Wailua, a sacred and significant place, is accented by Wailua River and old world charm. Take advantage of all its offerings -- the Wailua River State Park, Fern Grotto, Wailua Falls, and other gems. The golden sand beaches of the Coconut Coast are its biggest draw. Be sure to find time for a leisurely stroll through Kapa'a Town and its funky and fine items, including some great Hawaiian craft pieces, aloha-print shirts, jewelry and fine art objects.
The gateway to all of Kauai's wonders, Lihu'e is where you'll likely arrive first, via plane or cruise ship. Lihu'e offers much in the way of culture -- Hawaiian music and hula performances, heritage festivals and the Kauai Museum. Championship golf courses, great restaurants, and a beach that is paradise for surfing, swimming, and boogie boarding are all a part of the Lihu'e and the adjacent Kalapaki areas.
Attractions: Kauai Museum, Fern Grotto, Wailua River, Opaekaa Falls, Lydgate Beach Park, Coconut Marketplace, Kapa'a, The Alekoko Menehune Fishpond, Wailua Falls, Grove Farm Homestead, Kalapaki Beach, Kilohana Plantation and Kukui Grove Shopping Center.