Palm trees sway in intoxicating trade-winds along the white sand beaches of Kauai’s East Side. Nicknamed the “Coconut Coast” for the widely dispersed and plentiful coconut trees that landscape the coastline. The East Side of the Garden Island is full of activity and is central area of commerce on Kauai. Here you will find the towns of Wailua, Waipouli Kapaa Lihue, Kalapaki and Nawiliwili. Lihue is the county seat of Kauai and where you will find the main shipping port of Nawiliwili Harbor, The fun and lively Kalapaki Beach Town, Wilcox Hospital, Kauai Community College, Kauai Museum, and county and state government offices.
It’s easy to imagine old world simplicity while exploring the Kauai Coastal Path (Ke Ala Hele Makalae), numerous parks, beach-side cafes, and Hawaiian small town charm. Staying on the East Side of Kauai comes with many advantages.
Kauai Attractions on the East Side include the Alekoko (Menuhune Fish Pond) Kalapaki Beach, Wailua River, Fern Grotto (an up-river amphitheater-like fern covered area popular for weddings), Keahua Arboretum, Nounou Mountain, Opaekaa Falls, Wailua Falls (most famous for the opening scene in the television show “Fantasy Island”) as well as many beautiful beaches.