Kauai is Hawaii's oldest island and the northernmost on the island chain. Known as the "Garden Island," Kauai is home to rain forests, waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and lush green vegetation. Lihue, site of Kauai's airport, is a perfect base for exploration of the island. Cheap flights to Lihue will give you access to this garden paradise.
As you'd expect from any destination in Hawaii, Lihue has plenty of beaches to visit. Many hotels in Lihue are located near Kalapaki Beach, site of an assortment of lessons and rentals for surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing. Trade seawater for freshwater with a drive to Wailua Falls, a 140-foot high double waterfall. The waterfall is easily accessible from a nearby parking area, so no hiking is involved.
For adventures away from water, cheap hotels in Lihue are near a number of inland spots of historical interest. Kilohana Estate, located just outside Lihue, is a 1930's sugar plantation that used to be 27,000 acres. It now houses a plantation village and tropical garden and is used for tours and gatherings. The Luau Kalamaku show takes place on Kilohana regularly. Visitors can also visit the Kauai Museum, which showcases the works of local artisans as well as the history of Kauai and Hawaii.
Food in Lihue is a mix of Asian, Japanese, and American cuisines, and many of the best places to eat and drink are located along Rice Street, not far from Kalapaki Beach. The Hanamalu area also has notable teahouses and cafes. Fresh seafood can be found all over, and even the food trucks are worth the visit. Lihue hotels are often the location of the best bars, especially those with water views.
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