Wai‘oli Mission House
Built in 1837, the missionary home is set
in beautiful Hanalei Valley and restored by
descendants of the first missionaries Lucy and
Abner Wilcox. The house was restored in 1921
by the granddaughter and houses historical
furnishings made from koa wood. Located off
Kuhio Hwy. Free. Open Tues., Thurs., and Sat.
9am-3pm. Call (808) 245-3202.
A beautiful, natural amphitheater of volcanic rock
covered with enormous fishtail ferns, is the venue
of choice for many weddings. The only way to
reach the Fern Grotto is either to kayak upriver
or book a boat ride. The latter has the reputation
of being a bit cheeky and a tourist trap but if you
don’t feel like the exercise than be prepared to
sing along. Nevertheless, you will enjoy the lush,
tropical scenery along the way. Located in Wailua
River State Park. Call (808) 241-4463.
Kamokila Hawaiian Village
An authentic recreation of an ancient Hawaiian
folk village illustrates ancient Hawaiian lifestyle
on 3 acres of private land. The last king of Kaua‘i
once resided here. Several huts and displays show
how ancient Hawaiians lived and a courtyard
featuring Hawaiian games such as spear throwing
and Hawaiian bowling which were essential in
building skills. Admission $5 adults, $3 children
for self-guided tours. Located on the east shore
of the Wailua River Valley at 6060 Kuamo‘o Road
(Rte 580) across from Ōpaeka‘a Falls. Call (808)
The serene 30-acre refuge with streams and
freshwater pools is a perfect setting for a picnic
surrounded by mountains and lush foliage. The
arboretum is divided by the stream and has a
variety of foliage including monkeypods, mango,
eucalyptus trees, ōhi‘a lehua and hibiscus. Picnic
areas and pavilions can be found throughout the
area for your enjoyment. There are two short
hiking trails through the park. You can access the
trailheads for Kuilau-Ridge Trail (incredible views
from this trail) and the Moalepe Trail from this
area. Open sunrise to sunset. Located down the
road from the Wailua Reservoir on Hwy 580. Call
This beautiful waterfall is the easiest to view as it
tumbles out of the jungle into a dramatic plunge
over a high cliff about a 150-feet into the Wailua
River. The name means rolling shrimp for the
days when swarms of shrimp were seen rolling
in turbulent waters at the base of the falls. The
best time to view the cascading falls is midmorning and the best view is from the path along
the highway. Located in Wailua off Hwy 56 on
Kuamo’o Rd (Rte. 580) at mile marker 6.
Royalty came to Wailua from the neighboring
islands to give birth at the sacred birthstones of
Pōhaku Ho‘ohōnau. According to legend, if the
child was to become a great chief, the heavens
would rupture with thunder and lightning
followed by rain. When the baby’s umbilical cord
fell off, it was wrapped in kapa (cloth made from
bark) and placed in the crevices of the Pōhaku
Piko for safekeeping. Located Kuamo‘o Rd. (Rte.
580) in Wailua River State Park.
Sleeping Giant Viewpoint
Formation on Mt. Nounou that sort of resembles
a giant is a landmark between Wailua and Kapa‘a.
There are several myths and legends surrounding
the Sleeping Giant. According to one, the villagers
tricked a giant named Puni into eating stones to
keep him from eating all the fish and taro and he
fell asleep with a full tummy never to wake again.
Mount Nounou Trail is about a two-mile trek
through the forest to the summit of the Sleeping
Giant’s belly with spectacular views of the Island
and sometimes O‘ahu can be seen 110 miles east.
The hiking trail begins on Haleilio Road. To view
the Sleeping Giant, look for the sign marking the
viewing area near the Chevron station in Kapa‘a.
Located off Hwy 56.
Group, Private and Semi-Private Surf Lessons & Stand Up Paddle Lessons at beautiful sandy bottom Hanalei Bay. Perfect beginner to advanced conditions every day of the year. Hanalei Beach Boys are your instructors. They are all from Kauai and are big wave riders and competitive surfers. Recommended by Laird Hamilton for lessons while on Kauai. Hawaiian Surfing Adventures Call 808-482-0749
www.hawaiiansurfingadventures.com Extensive board selection for rentals. Children of the Sea surf camp.
Wailua River State Park
Popular place to spend a day for the wide range
of activities as well as the lush scenery of tropical
foliage, Wailua River is the only navigable river
in the state. Activities in the park include water
skiing, kayaking, hiking trails, famous waterfalls,
the Fern Grotto, an ancient Hawaiian Village and
seven sacred heiau and historic landmarks. At the
mouth of the river, ancient petroglyph carvings on
large stones can be seen depending on the amount
of sand in the area. Once the banks were a favorite
dwelling place for high chiefs and kings of Kaua‘i.
If you want to kayak on your own without a guide,
only three kayak rental companies rent kayaks for
the Wailua River. Kayakers should stay on the
right side of the river. No guided kayak tours are
available on Sundays. Wailua River is located off
Kuhio Hwy. Scenic views and historic sites can be
accessed from Kuamo‘o Rd. Call (808) 241-4463.