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December 2018 Events for Kids and Family on Kauai

Hanapepe Friday Night Art Night

Every Friday, the Historic Hanapepe Town turns into one of the most vibrant places to be on Kauai.  Artists showcase their work throughout the galleries and entertainment can be found throughout the historic main street. A popular food truck post on a Friday night, you can find the best Food Trucks staking there spot here.  With restaurants and food trucks lining the streets there are lots of food choices to satisfy anyone’s palette. It is definitely a great place to come if you are looking for a bite to eat. Furthermore, there are many pop up shops, galleries and stores that is a great way to find local made gifts for the family back home.  The Art Night has been growing significantly over the years and is a must do when visiting Kauai. A one stop shop for food, fun and gift finding. It’s fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Where: Historic Hanapepe Town (Main Street)

When: Fridays from 6:00-9:00 pm

This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove 25th Annual Christmas Parade

Where: Kukui Grove Center

When: November 24 from 4:00-6:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Waimea Tree Lighting

Where: C.B Hofgaard Park right in the center of Waimea Town

When: December 1 at 6:00 PM

Mayor Bernard Carvalho will light the Community Christmas Tree in the park.  Keiki activities will be provided. This is a FREE event.

Kukui Grove’s “Holiday Light Specatacular”

Where: Kukui Grove

When: Starts December 1 and runs each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

The Kauai Coffee Holiday Open House

Where: Kauai Coffee Visitors Center

When: December 8 from 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have bounce houses, entertainment, farm tours and Santa for the keiki.  This is a FREE event.

Jazz Ensemble and Wind Symphony

Where: KCC Performing Arts Center

When: December 14 at 7:00 PM

This is a FREE event.

Annual Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

Where: Waimea Town; Entertainment at Hofgaard Park

When: December 15 from 6:15 until pau

Fun for the whole family, this event will have community organizations, families and schools lighting up Waimea town with their unique custom made floats.  To kickoff the festivities

Fire engines take the lead of this Lighted parade.  There will be live entertainment at Hofgaard Park and many will be out celebrating their Christmas cheer on the main street of Waimea Town.  It is one of the biggest events on the Westside that you surely can’t miss! This is a FREE event.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Where: Poipu Beach Park

When: December 31 from 5:00-9:00 PM

Fun for the whole family, this event will have food trucks, live entertainment, movie in the park and activities for the keiki.  Rounding out the celebration will be a spectacular fireworks display. This is a FREE event.






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Kauai Mini Golf

Learn and Discover the Hawaiian Islands while playing at Kauai Mini Golf

This miniature golf course is like no other.

Whether you are looking for something recreational to do or just visiting the North Shore.  Kauai Mini Golf is a great place to take your keiki. In addition, it is a perfect stop when visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse. Open from 9:00 am to 6:00pm this Par 47 miniature golf course is ADA accessible and is fun for the whole family. Located at Anaina Hou Community Park you will find Kauai Mini Golf. Furthermore, besides the playground and the skate park, the Kauai Mini Golf is another feature that Anaina Hou provides the community.

Educational displays are provided that offer fun facts about the islands.

Each hole at Kauai Mini Golf provides an informative fact about the Hawaiian Islands and its culture.  Moreover, the themes provide an insight to Hawaii’s history providing a combination of education and recreation throughout the course. Additionally, throughout the the course, tropical plants are displayed and origins of the plants are provided.


















Themes include: In the Beginning,
Journey to the islands,
Explorers in Hawaii,
Cultural diversity and Hawaiian Cultural renaissance





A great place to take pictures of the keiki

Both native and invasive plants are present in the garden, providing an insight and education to Kauai’s plant diversity. Nestled within a tropical botanical garden, the lush scenery and beautiful tropical flora creates a beautiful setting and provides a truly unique experience for both kama’aina and visitors. In addition, there are water features and a koi pond that provides a tranquil setting for those looking for a place to relax.




Fun for the Whole Family

Water hazards, pipe shots, obstacles and different slope grades make the putting style green a fun and challenging experience.  Choose your own putter and colored ball. Let the adventure begin at Kauai Mini Golf!



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Poipu Beach Park Playground

A Playground at the Beach

On the sunny south side of Kauai, Poipu Beach Park offers keiki a great place to play.   Ranked among one of the 10 best beaches, Poipu Beach Park provides keiki with a play structure, plenty of open space to run around and a shallow swimming area.  Furthermore, Poipu Beach Park Playground is the newest playground structure built on the island of Kauai.


Welcome to a Biba Playground

In addition, the new playground structure is a “Biba” Playground. The Biba app is a Free downloadable App on Google play and Available on the Apple App Store.  This App includes games that keiki can play. Games include Biba Drive, Biba Relay, Biba Collectobots, Biba Butterfly Bounty and Biba Dino Dig. Exclusive to the playground structure, the Biba App enhances the playground experience at Poipu Beach Park.

Playground Open for Play in February 2018

The upgraded playground structure has definitely been a long wait coming for locals, as the area remained vacant for quite some time.  In addition, the updated playground structure is also accompanied by newly renovated restrooms nearby. These renovations have made Poipu Beach Park one of the best places to take keiki and has rejuvenated the area because of the improvements.


Renovations leads to Rejuvenation

Besides the Playground and Restroom renovations, ironwood trees and other trees in the grassy park were also cut and trimmed. The landscape provides a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and still provides shade in the area for hot sunny days.  Furthermore, shade can be found along the ironwood trees near the beach, picnic tables under coconut trees and shaded pavilions provide the extra comfort.

Lifeguards Provide Safety for All

Although a Poipu Beach Park can get crowded, lifeguard stands on the beach have made Poipu Beach Park safer for keiki and adults.  The lifeguard stand centering the beach has now moved closer to the kiddie area. An additional lifeguard stand was added to the western end of the beach towards Waiohai Beach Resort.  The additional lifeguard stand on the western end provides beach safety for those crossing to the island near Nukumoi Point and for those swimming at Waiohai Beach.


Kauai’s Most Popular Hang out on the South Side

Poipu Beach Park is a favorite place for parties, community events as well as for family activities.  The most popular beach on the South Side of Kauai, Poipu Beach Park is a central meeting place and hangout.  Those who are L.O.C.A.L flock to the south shore for great surf during the summer months. The Sunny South Side has many amenities and accommodations nearby Poipu Beach Park.  Brennecke’s Restaurant and Deli provide snacks, drinks and food. Nukumoi surf Company is also nearby, selling and renting beach gear and equipment.

Parking and Shopping Nearby

Poipu Beach Park has an expansive parking area that can be found near the Waiohai Resort, next to Brennecke’s Restaurant and Deli as well as next to Brennecke’s beach. Although crowded during any time and any day of the week, patience is the best solution for finding a parking near to the beach.  In addition, if Poipu Beach Park is crowded head to the nearest shopping area down the road. Poipu Shopping Village is a great place to kill some time before going back for better parking. Moreover, Restaurants and stores can be found in the Shopping Village. In addition, this is also a great stop to get snacks and drinks at Whalers General Store. Starbuck’s is also located in the Shopping Village.

Beach Safety

Remember to follow the beach safety guidelines, check surf and weather reports for current conditions, and observe posted signage.  Keep a constant watch on keiki who are playing in or around the water.  Never leave children unattended.  Small children should wear safety floatation devices unless they are avid swimmers and are being closely supervised.  



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Opaekaa Falls and Wailua River State Park

Opaekaa Falls is located on the east side of Kauai in the town of Wailua. The waterfall is visible from a lookout and is great for all ages.  Ample parking is also available as well as restrooms. Furthermore, there are picturesque views and photo ops of the Opaekaa Falls and Wailua River. Unlike many waterfalls on Kauai, Opaekaa Falls does not require a hike and is easily accessible.  In addition, there are handicap accessible ramps and sidewalks that are great for strollers.

Opaekaa in English is translated into “rolling shrimp”.

An abundance of shrimp in the stream was how the waterfall got its name. The Opaekaa Falls is a quick stop off to the side of the road in Wailua.  Therefore, if you are trying to get in as much as you can within a short period of time it is a great place to visit. The views of the Opaekaa Falls is from a distance.  However, the natural beauty is worth a look if you do not live in an area where there are waterfalls.  In addition, since it is free of charge the Opaekaa Falls will not disappoint.

Opaekaa Falls is a 151 foot tall, 40 foot wide waterfall that cascades down to a hidden pool. 

Two Lookouts: Opaeekaa Falls and Wailua River


There are picnic tables and shade across the street where you can view the Wailua River. Directions to the falls cannot be missed as it is on signage heading toward the area.  Turn up to Kuamoo Road (580) and travel up the hill to the lookout which will be located on the right hand side.  The drive from the main Highway is about two miles up Route 580. The Wailua River State Park is  across the street from Opaekaa Falls Lookout.  You will see informational boards at the Wailua State Park providing descriptions of the area.   



Poliahu Heiau

Poliahu Heiau is also located in the State Park.  The Heiau is a temple dedicated to Ku. The temple was created by hand where stones were brought up from the river below.  The area was known for religious ceremonies and rituals. As you visit please respect the sacred site. Stay outside of the heiau and do not climb on the walls.


Wailua is known as a political and religious center of Kauai in ancient Hawaiian times as well as today.  The area was where the Hawaiian chiefs and priests built their houses and temples. The area is a sacred place where many of the births of chiefs occured in the area.  The ahupuaa (Hawaiian Land Division System) of Wailua is the largest on Kauai. With an abundance of water and fertile valley floors, this area provided great farming and hunting.  There was also plentiful fish for fishermen in the freshwater as well as ocean nearby. The resource of the land provided a thriving abundance of food for its people and was very self-sustainable.  



The use of the area has changed over time. A great agricultural area with fertile soil and an abundance of water, the landscape evolved with the times. In the 1600s the land was terraced for taro farms. In the 1800s the same terraces were used by Chinese and Japanese farmers for growing rice. In the 1900s the land was used for raising cattle and horses.  

Located on the Wailua River State Park grounds is also an old cemetery. Entrance to the cemetery is at the bottom of the hill up a flight of stairs near the HoloHoloKu Heiau.  





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Kalapaki Beach

Kauai Marriott Resort: Kalapaki Beach

Kalapaki Beach is a great place to take your keiki when visiting Kauai.  One of Kauai’s popular beaches, this beach is located near the Lihue Airport and  Fronting the Kauai Marriott Beach Resort.  Kalapaki Beach is in a very central location to both the South and North of the island.  


Kalapaki beach is clean and well kept as it is part of an accessible beach for the Marriott Resort Visitors. In addition, Many amenities in the area provide a variety of accommodations such as surfboard, boogie board, fins and other beach item rentals.

Kalapaki Beach Boys


Shops and restaurants as well as Surf Lessons can be found near the beach. There are also shops and restaurants across the street in the Anchor Cove Plaza and Harbor Mall.  Furthermore, there are facilities that include restrooms and showers.



Kalapaki beach is good for beginning surfers, stand up paddle boarders as well as beginning bodyboarders.  Kalapaki Beach has a large break wall that protects the bay from the ocean.  Two streams (Nawiliwili Stream and Huleia Stream) flow into the ocean near the beach, therefore the water is not clear and is not a great place for snorkeling.  With a sandy bottom, it is relatively safe for all who like to go for a nice swim or just jump in too cool off on a warm sunny day.

Kalapaki Beach is a quarter mile long and is great for sunbathing, making sand castles, taking a walk or having a family picnic.  The ocean is relatively sandy and drops off gradually, making it safe for keiki when there are no large swells or shorebreaks.  We usually visit Kalapaki Beach if we are staying at the hotel, enjoying a school function or if we are running errands in the area.  Since Kalapaki Beach is not lifeguarded, we only share this beach as another option for bringing keiki if supervised by an avid adult swimmer.


Kalapaki Beach is a local hangout and and draws resident surfers as surf picks up during the winter months. Kalapaki Beach is a great place to play beach volleyball as there are four courts available to play on. On the other side of the beach there’s a park and picnic tables under ironwood trees that provide some shade.  A county park area is where Football practices as well as family gatherings and community events are held. The area is also a local hangout for pau hana get togethers and meeting new people as the cruise ship docks at the harbor once a week.  


The Nawiliwili Harbor area is also connected to the Kalapaki Beach area where there are kayak rentals as well as charters for sightseeing.  Goods come and go out of Nawiliwili Harbor on freighter boats and there many opportunities for your keiki to see boats and ships going in and out of the harbor.

In conclusion, Kalapaki Beach is another great place to visit when on the Garden Island of Kauai.  Since there are many amenities nearby, it is an easy beach location for a family that doesn’t want to haul or pack too much for a beach day experience.  Parking and beach access is located on the grounds of the Marriott Beach Resort.  




Check the Weather at Kalapaki Beach

Before heading to Kalapaki Beach, we always check the webcam for weather conditions.  Planning ahead of time helps us to find an area we know that the kids would enjoy.  Kalapaki Beach is a great place where our boys can catch the small waves and run around in the grassy area with other keiki.

http://marriotthawaii.com/kauai-marriott-resort/webcam/

Beach Safety

Remember to follow the beach safety guidelines, check surf and weather reports for current conditions, and observe posted signage.  Keep a constant watch on keiki who are playing in or around the water.  Never leave children unattended.  Small children should wear safety floatation devices unless they are avid swimmers and are being closely supervised.  

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Jojo’s Shave Ice

Jojo’s Shave Ice is the original Shave Ice store on Kauai serving the island since 1992.  Established in 1992, Jojo’s Shave Ice is the ultimate in shave ice on Kauai. The traditions and secret recipes of Jojo’s Shave Ice make it one of a kind.  Offering smaller junior sizes and Big Kahuna sizes, it is by far the best deal in shave ice that you can get compared to its competitors on the island of Kauai.  An original Shave Ice to Kauai, Jojo’s Shave Ice Logo has remained the same and continues to create a delicious product.

Serving the community, Jojo’s gives half of its profit to Makalani Kids Camp on Kauai as well as cover some of the costs for youth outreach and youth programs throughout the island..  This funding helps support less privileged youth. Furthermore it provides these youth with a life changing experience that enables them to see that there is much more to life than the circumstances in which they live in.  This is one of the reasons why Kauai With Keiki supports our L.O.C.A.L (Loving Our Community And Lifestyle) Jojo’s Shave Ice Stores. Jojo’s Shave Ice is definitely L.O.C.A.L!

Shave Ice is one of Hawaii’s specialty treats that locals and visitors enjoy. It is a steady frozen dessert for many children growing up in Hawaii. When it is hot in the islands, this cold refreshing treat definitely cools you off and is a steady companion when beating the heat.  Shave ice or Hawaiian shave ice is an ice-based dessert made by shaving a block of ice. Similar to that of a snow cone, shave ice differs in that the ice is shaved rather than crushed. Flavored syrups are added to the shave ice which are absorbed by the snow-like ice. It can be served with or without ice cream at the bottom of the cup.  In addition, a sno cap of sweetened condensed milk can also be drizzled to the top.

There are over 60 flavors to choose from at the Waimea Location.  There are over 30 flavors to choose from at the Hanalei location.

Offering one of the most expansive choices of flavors on the island, some of JoJo’s Flavors include:

Wild Berry, Vanilla, Tangerine, Tamarind, Strawberry Daiquiri, Strawberry Colada, Strawberry, Root Beer, Red Watermelon, Red Raspberry, POG, Pink Bubblegum, Pineapple, Pina Colada, Peach, Passion Orange, Papaya, Orange Dream, Orange, Melona, Margarita, Mango, Mai Tai, Lychee, Lime, Lilikoi, Li Hing Mui, Lemon lime, Lemon, Kola, Hawaiian Punch, Hawaiian Lemon, Guava Punch, Guava, Green Watermelon, Green Tea, Green Paradise, Grape, Fruit Punch, Daquiri, Cotton Candy, Coffee, Coconut, Chocolate, Cherry Cola, Cherry, Cappuccino, Boysenberry, Blueberry, Blue Raspberry, Blue Bubblegum, Blackberry, Black Cherry, Banana Colada, Banana, Apricot.

A Shave Ice is great with a scoop of mac nut or vanilla ice cream added to the bottom.


Publicized heavy during Former President Barack Obama’s presidency, eating shaved ice was always something he ate during his winter vacations to Hawaii.  However, Shaved Ice has been part of Hawaii’s history for many years and throughout the generations. Traces of its history to Japan, Shave Ice was brought to the Hawaiian islands by Japanese immigrants the late 1800’s.  Known as kaki-gori (Japanese term for sweetened Shaved Ice), the shave ice has become iconic in the islands. It is also to have origins from China as early as the 7th Century.


Popular local mom and pop stores continue their traditions on each Hawaiian island, still operating in their original locations. Generating even more business than ever before. Lines in shave ice stores can stretch past a half an hour.  Although there are many locations that you can get shave ice from, people wait for the experience of the original shave ice stands that have been long standing over the years.


Whether you are on the west side of the island or up on the north side, Jojo’s shave ice is there to satisfy your cravings.  Jojo’s shave ice can be found while driving to Polihale (westernmost point in the United States and farthest you can drive west on the island of Kauai) or Ke’e Beach (farthest you can drive North on the island of Kauai). Jojo’s Shave Ice is located in the centers of Waimea Town and Hanalei Town. The locations are great for people watching and meeting new people.  Jojo’s Shave Ice is the “original” place to get Shave Ice on the island.

When visiting Jojo’s Shave Ice in Waimea, mention Kauai With Keiki and recieve FREE Ice Cream and FREE Creme Topping in any Shave Ice order of 2 or more.


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Hula Shows for Free

Hula is a Way of Life

Hula is symbolic in Hawaii.  In the Pacific Islands, Hula is part of the culture that has been passed down from ancient times to the present. Hula is often depicted as a way of life in the islands. Furthermore, it is a tradition passed down from generation to generation and is an artform that is embedded into the Hawaiian and LOCAL culture.

Hula represents its people, the diversity of the Polynesian Pacific as well as tells a story of who the people are.  Furthermore, Through hula, stories are shared from the past that link its people to their ancestors playing a crucial role connecting its people to sustaining a vibrant culture.

Hula can express the feelings and emotions of a person, describe a place and its importance or can tell you of a story of an old event.  Hula is an art form that is respected by its people as a way of life.  Hula is a cultural practice that honors the past, invigorates the present and looks toward the future to preserving a way of the people through song and dance.

Free Hula Shows

On Kauai, there are many opportunities to see Hula being performed at Luau’s.  However, if you you are interested in seeing the Hula for free, four options should be on your to do list.

  1. Poipu Shopping Village; Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm
  2. Coconut Marketplace; Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
  3. Hyatt Regency: Saturdays at 6:00 pm
  4. NTBG: South Sides Visitors Center; Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm

Free Hula Shows that are offered on Kauai provide you with an opportunity to see different cultural dances from the Polynesian Islands. In addition, Hula dancers exhibit their talent by showcasing their skills with dancing different types of dancing styles from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands.  These dances include Hawaiian dances (kahiko and auana) as well as Maori dances, Tahitian dances, Samoan dances and Tongan Dances.  

The dancers are adorned with the different cultural dress as well as use many different instruments.  Dancers also perform to live music, played by extraordinary musicians that provide and awe inspiring performance.  Entertainment is done from ages young to old, and the shows provide a quality representation of its cultural presence on Kauai.  

Actively participate in the dances when hula dancers ask for volunteers to come and join them.  Be prepared to learn how to dance hula and learn some of the basic movements required to dance one of the many popular songs of Hawaii.  It’s an opportunity for you to get a first hand experience of the Hawaiian culture.  Learning to dance is also a great conversation for you to share with family and friends.  Learning the Hula may help you to define Hawaii in your own words/hands to tell the world about its culture and its people.

Hula at Poipu Shopping Village

At Poʻipu Shopping Village, join Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina`ala on an exciting journey through over a thousand years of rich tradition.  A well-renowned Hawaii musician Keola Worthington, shall sing and share stories from humorous or of Hawaii old and new, accompanied with the award winning gracious Hula maidens. The Show is located at center stage and open to the public. Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm

Hula at Coconut Market Place

If you’re looking for free, lively and fun Hawaiian entertainment for your whole family, visit Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa for an authentic Hula Show every Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.

Hula at Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa

On Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm, the Hyatt Regency puts on a hula show for its guests and visitors in the main lounge seating area.  The picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Ocean during sunset provides an astounding view of watching the hula live.  Dancers mesmerize its visitors with their beautiful garments and flawless movements.  The live music accompanied by skillful dancers provide an atmosphere that allows all to experience the special beauty of Kauai.   A perfect way to end your day, take a step back and enjoy the Hawaiian culture .  Watch the hula, enjoy cocktails and have dinner.

Hula at NTBG: South Side Visitors Center

Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm the National Tropical Botanical Garden invites you to experience a traditional hula show by Kauai’s award winning Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala.  The show highlights the wahi pane (sacred places) of Kauai with intriguing stories of our Hawaiian people, their connection to and dependence on plants both wild and cultivated.  Hula shows are free to attend and is a great opportunity to visit the gift shop and register for a tour at one of the nearby Allerton and McBryde Gardens.

  1. Poipu Shopping Village; Every Monday and Thursday at 5:00 pm
  2. Coconut Marketplace; Wednesdays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm
  3. Hyatt Regency: Saturdays at 6:00 pm
  4. NTBG: South Sides Visitors Center; Every Thursday from 2:00-2:45 pm

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Ninini Lighthouse

Ninini Lighthouse

Ninini Lighthouse is an 86 foot tall lighthouse that overlooks Nawiliwili Bay. Off the beaten path, Ninini Lighthouse provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Waves crashing against the cliffs, wildlife, and mountain views are part of the scenic visit.  Furthermore, this lighthouse is often secluded with very few visitor.



The Ninini Lighthouse was built in 1906 and was automated in 1953.  It is one of the first things you see when landing on the island of Kauai by airplane.  The lighthouse looks over Nawiliwili Harbor and Kalapaki Bay.  Moreover, this vantage point provides views of the northern entrance of Nawiliwili Bay.  


You may be able to see the barges that come into the harbor. Consequently, Nawiliwili Harbor provides almost all of Kauai’s imported goods.  When visiting Kauai, it is likely that you will use an item or two that came from these docks.


Ninini Lighthouse is located near the Marriott Resort and Hokuala Resort.  If you are heading to the lighthouse take the opportunity to check out the Marriott Beach Resort grounds as well as the Hokuala Resort grounds.  Many walk able paths are open to the public.  It is a great way to get some exercise and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  If you want to go for a swim in the area, Kalapaki Beach is nearby.  Check out Kalapaki Beach on Things to Do: East side.


Ninini Lighthouse is great to visit in the late afternoon or if needing to kill some time before a flight.  Furthermore the area is great to watch airplanes descending onto the runway.  Airplanes fly low over the Ninini Lighthouse making it a great vantage point for airplane lovers.  See the image below of an airplane flying right over us!


The Ninini Lighthouse is free of charge and is accessible any time during the day. Access the lighthouse by driving through the Marriott and Hokuala Resort. After passing the Hokuala Golf Course Clubhouse, drive over the bridge.  Look for the Shoreline Access sign and turn left before the second bridge.  This will bring you to a road through the golf course to the accessible Shoreline Access.  Keep driving until you see the next posted sign that directs you to Ninini Lighthouse.  A short drive down the dirt road will take you to the lighthouse. In addition, you could also park at the Kalanipu’u resort and walk to Ninini Lighthouse. Google Maps offline mode will also get you to Ninini Lighthouse.








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Ke’e Beach

Ke’e Beach: The End of the Road

Ke’e Beach is located at the end of the road on Kauai’s North Shore.  Ke’e beach is a lifeguarded beach that has a reef protecting a lagoon for snorkeling during the summer months. However, during the winter months, the beach is not safe for keiki due to the large surf and ocean currents.  Furthermore, Ke’e beach is one of the most visited beach on Kauai.  Because of this, making an early start for this day trip is recommended.  


There are facilities such as restrooms and showers. However, there are no picnic areas and no self phone service.  In addition the nearest store for drinks and snacks is miles away.  Wainiha General Store is the last place to get ice cold drinks and snacks.  Therefore, it is recommended that you bring your own snacks and drinks.

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Gateway to the Na Pali Coast

Many people come to the area because it is a gateway to the Na Pali Coast. Furthermore, Ke’e beach is the furthest you can drive by car on the North Shore.  Making it a prime location to park your car. Ke’e beach is where the head of the famous 11-mile Kalalau Trail begins.



Besides the Kalalau Trail, the Hanakapiai Falls trail and shorter trails also start at the end of the road.  For four year olds and older, a short hike to the Coast Viewpoint (.5 mile) is something you can do.

Parking

Ke’e Beach, Hae’na and the North Shore was impacted by a severe flood in April 2018. As a result, the road to Ke’e Beach and the surrounding area (right past Hanalei) was restricted due to repairs and maintenance. Since then, a shuttle service has been established to help transport visitors to many popular destinations past Hanalei.  This will help preserve the beautiful landscape and limit traffic flow to the recovering areas impacted by the flood. In order to visit this area, you must book tickets for the shuttle in advance as most shuttles are booked two weeks out in advance.  Here is the link to the website.

https://www.hanaleiinitiative.org/the-shuttle

Shuttle services are provided at various locations where you can park and take the shuttle to your destination.

Make sure to make it back for the last shuttle that leaves at 5:00 pm.  

Another option to get to attractions, sites and beaches past Hanalei is to purchase a pass for entry and parking. Facilities with limited parking spaces and monitored entry, require parking permits that need to be purchased a week in advance as there are only a set number of dedicated parking stalls for visitors.  It is advised that visitors plan ahead if wanting to take a day trip to Ke’e Beach or hike the Hanakapiai or Kalalau Trail. You can get a permit two weeks in advance before heading to the area.

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Beautiful and Scenic Drive

The drive is about 40 miles from Lihue and will take roughly an hour to drive.  Heading toward Hanalei town take Route 560.   Hanalei to Ke’e Beach is a nine mile trip one way.  In addition, you will drive over seven bridges on your way to Ke’e Beach. Local courtesy of letting 5-7 cars cross before switching directions is implemented.  Furthermore, the famous double bridge over the Wainiha River let’s you know that you are getting close.





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