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 Garden Island is full of activity and is Kauai’s central area of commerce. Here you will find the towns of Wailua, Kapaa, 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 and Kalapaki Beach Town.
It’s easy to imagine old-world simplicity while exploring the Kauai Coastal Path (Ke Ala Hele Makalae), numerous parks, beach-side cafes, and small-town Hawaiian charm.
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.