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Things to do in Wailua Homesteads

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Want to take a beautiful hike into nature? Wear sneakers and bring lots of water (and a camera!).”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“There are a few trails to access the peak (aka, the "face") of the Sleeping Giant. The favorite trail is the Eastern Trail. This is a moderate hike depending on your hiking experience and fitness level, however, it can be dangerously muddy and slippery in wet weather. The Eastern Trail offers beautiful ocean views all the way up the 2-mile ascent. You will overlook the Wailua River and enjoy a panoramic view of Kauai's east side. Strawberry Guava trees are highly invasive and have taken over much of the trail's dense vegetation. When the fruit is ripe and a deep purple color, harvest these little guavas for a tasty treat. A good time to take a snack break and enjoy the scenic views is when you reach a small plateau with a few picnic tables. After a well-deserved rest, and if you are ambitious, then continue up the Giant's neck to experience the 360 degree view from the Giant's face. Be very careful on this steep stretch of the trail as there are points where there are 100 foot drops on both sides! On a clear day, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the top of Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places in the world and Kauai's second highest peak. A little known secret is the "hole" that is just below the highest point of the Giant's face. If you walk to the left, just before the peak of the trail, you will discover a path that wraps around to an awesome little cave that offers the best view of the east side. When you have finished enjoying the spectacular views, it's time to head back down the trail the same way you came up - on the bright side, most of it's down hill! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Waterfall
“When in Wailua, take a quick trip to see the Opaeka's Falls. The path to the falls is closed so you can only see the falls from the viewing point.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Synagogue
“Spectacular sights, beautiful, tranquil and educational. Walking tours are available with prior reservations. There is also a very nice gift shop there.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Waterfall
“great waterfalls, translates in Hawaiian as "rolling shrimp" falls, great view easy to get to easy parking”
  • 5 locals recommend
Food
“Not inexpensive, but great in a pinch, and the owners raise grass fed beef that you can buy here.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Pretty easy hike to the top of Sleeping Giant with epic 360 degree views of the area. Follow the trail through the middle of the stand of pine trees. When you get to the picnic table at the top, keep going past it to reach the tippy top of the mountain.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Store
“Steel grass Farm has the best tour in Kapaa. They take you on a tour of their plantation and have you taste all the local fruits like: lilikoi, mango, lychee, guava and lots more! They also tell you history about the land and chocolate. At the end, you will finally end up at their chocolate house. Where they educate you on the health benefits of chocolate and have you taste many different styles. After that, you can enjoy their market and buy some souvenir and chocolate to take home. Please see me for bookings.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“A great hike after a short kayak up the Wailua river from Kamokila Village. Brave souls can swim under the waterfall.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Beautiful forest hike. The first part is a climb to reach the summit and then you can walk past the picnic bench as far as you would like before you return. It meets up with the Moalepe trail. If you go the whole distance, it is 4 miles. You need arrange transportation at the other end. I am happy to assist.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Premise
“Five minutes drive away where you can park and visit the beautiful falls and valley of Wailua . コンドから車で5分ぐらいに位置する観光名所の滝。オパカパ滝の向い側からワイルア渓谷の絶景を眺められる。 ”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
Point of Interest
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Meets up with the Kuilau trail. Gradual climb up through pasture land to the views of the falls off of Makalea.”
  • 1 local recommends