Lush tropical jungle and Hawaii’s only navigable river
Welcome to Wailua
Wailua is more affordable than many Kauai communities. Despite this, oceanfront condos enjoy incredible waterfront views, while the inland area contains many charming single-family homes.
What To Love
- Hawaii’s only navigable river
- Waterfalls & Hiking Trails
- Traditional entertainment
- Ancient Heiau temples
- Smith Family Luau
People & Lifestyle
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Things to Do
On the opposite side of the river, Smith Family Garden Luau has provided traditional Hawaiian entertainment and delicious home-cooked food since 1946. Four generations of the Smith family run the festivities, as visitors watch enthralling Tahitian drum, Samoan fire, and Hawaiian hula dances--all while dining on a feast of succulent roast pork and other island treats. The Luau’s lush tropical setting includes 30 acres of botanical and cultural gardens, with bamboo and fruit forests as well as a Japanese garden island.
River cruises depart from here to the Wailua River’s captivating Fern Grotto, a lava-formed grotto bedecked with upside-down plant life. Kauai’s Hindu Monastery is just as enchanting, with two temples constructed from stone brought in from southern India amid dense tropical vegetation. These incredible attractions together comprise Wailua River State Park, a breathtakingly beautiful expanse of tropical rainforest and ancient heiau temple complexes.