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Kauai’s East Shore Sights: Wailua and Kapa'a

When you check out Kauai’s East shore you will notice that it is more populous than the rest of the island. And, this is for good reason because the majority of the population lives on this side of the island. Another thing you will notice as you are driving through Kauai’s East shore are all the coconut trees. In fact, there are thousands of them. This is the reason why this area is often called the Coconut Coast. There is so much to see and do on Kauai’s east shore and most of the places are off several different roads. So, we will review different sights to see working our way along the tour.

One of the coolest parts of Kapa’a is Ho’opi’i Falls. This is at the north part of Kapa’a and it is a beautiful hike. In fact, if you like hiking there are lots of great starting points to see all that Kauai’s east shore has to offer. For example, the Nounou Mountain Trail, the Kuilau Ridge Trail, the Jungle Hike, and the Secret Tunnel to the North Shore are all outstanding. They take some time but are well worth the views and the experience.

If you are really into seeing Hawaii’s history then you should check out the many heiaus that exist along the Wailua River and go all the way to Mount Wai’ale’ale. The heiaus are structures that were used in religious ceremonies and the like and were made from rocks of lava.

If you believe in ghosts then you might be in for a treat at Wailua. It is widely believed that those who have recently died come out during a certain moon phase and paddle the river until they reach Polihale where they would then climb to the cliff. At the cliff the many spirits would jump off so they could reach their next life. Many Hawaiians believe in these night marchers as they are called and if you do too then you will have the best chance of seeing the spirits walking along the road between Wailua and Lihu’e.

You might also be interested in checking out the Birthstone that is not far from Holoholo-ku heiau. This is where all of Kauai’s kings were born; in fact it was mandatory that they be born here. There was a shack close by for the women to wait in until it was time to give birth. Then, the mother to be would place her back against one stone and her legs on another, hence the birthstone. The other heiaus have interesting stories of their own and all of them are great places to visit.

Yet another stop you should make while on Kuamo’o Road is at the ‘Opaeka’a Falls Lookout. These waterfalls are outstanding and they flow all year round. If you really want to get up and personal consider walking in the stream to the falls edge, but be careful not to get too close. The last thing you want to do is go over the edge.

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