Kapaa Activities and Attractions
Discover Kauai…there are a number of scenic attractions within a few miles from Lae Nani including Opaekaa Falls, Sleeping Giant hiking trails and the Forestry Arboretum. Lydgate Beach Park is also just minutes away with two man-made reefs for protected swimming and snorkeling. The Wailua River is a short walk from the Lae Nani Condominium and is Hawaii’s largest and only navigable river where you can enjoy a boat tour to the Fern Grotto or a peaceful paddle up the river on Kayak to Secret Falls. There are an abundance of watersports and activities to enjoy in the area including snorkeling, diving, surfing, kayaking, boating, kite boarding and stand up paddling. Enjoy a challenging round of golf on one of Kauai’s world-class golf courses. Or simply wander barefoot on the soft warm sand that fronts the property.
Lydgate Beach Park & Play Ground
Less than 5 minutes away from Lae Nani Condos is Lydgate Beach Park, one of the safest snorkeling and swimming spots on Kauai with its man-made pools. There are picnic facilities, bathrooms and showers. The Park also features a community-built playground, slides and fort.
Wailua Golf Course
Reasonably priced golf is a mile away at the 18 hole Wailua Golf Course. Golf Digest lists the Wailua Golf Course as one of Hawaii’s best 15 golf courses. Amenities include a Golf Shop, restaurant and bar, locker room with showers, driving range, putting green, chipping green, practice bunker and ATM machine. For more information about the Wailua Golf Course, click here. Or call (808) 241-6666.
Cascading down into a hidden pool, this waterfall is easily one of the island’s most accessible major waterfalls. Located 2 miles up Kuamoo Road (Route 580) from Hwy. 56, signs clearly point to the roadside lookout on the right. This convenient stop makes for a memorable photo opportunity. “Opaekaa” means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream. Walk uphill from the Opaekaa lookout and across the road for another great view of the Wailua River valley. Just below the Wailua River lookout is the Kamokila Hawaiian Village where you can explore an Old Hawaiian Village site on a cultural tour.
Kapaa Bike Path
The Kapaa bike and walk path begins just North of Lae Nani at Fuji Beach. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or rent a bicycle to ride along the scenic coastal path that extends a few miles North to the beautiful white sands of Kealia Beach and beyond. Visit Coconut Coasters for more information and rentals.
Keahua Forestry Arboretum
This peaceful mountain location is home to monkeypod, mango, and fragrant eucalyptus trees. Picnic tables and pavilions are scattered throughout the area. Several streams and freshwater pools that feed into the Wailua River flow nearby and provide a cool relaxing area to swim and frolic. Numerous trails, such as the Kuilau Ridge Trail and Powerline Trail, start or pass by here, as well as the trail through the arboretum. Directions: Turn right on Kuamo’o Road (Highway 580) once on the main highway going South from Lae Nani Condos. The Keahua Forestry Arboretum is approximately 5 miles up this road, past the Wailua Reservoir.
Established in 1970, Kauai’s Hindu Monastery, and now the site of the San Marga Iraivan Temple is a natural wonder on Kauai. Home to 21 monks of the Saiva Siddhanta Yoga Order as well as ‘executive offices’ for the worldwide publication Hinduism Today, the monastery is available to tour every day, but only a limited self -guided version. To really experience the beauty of the temple and the temple grounds in person one must call ahead of time to reserve a spot for the 90 minute guided tour held just once a week. Nestled within this jungle-like splendor is the monastery’s ‘shining jewel’, the hand carved, white granite Iravan temple. The temple is the first ever built with the hand carved process in the western hemisphere and built to house another incredible gem, a 700+ pound quartz crystal. For more information on touring the Hindu Monastery and Temple, click here.
Sleeping Giant Trails
This is one of three Nounou Mountain Trails. It is referred to as the “Sleeping Giant Trail” because you will be hiking right across the big guy’s chest. The “giant’s” profile is most easily seen from nearly anywhere in Kapa’a – it’s easiest to spot his chin first. The “Sleeping Giant Trail” is a gently ascending stroll through forested mountains with excellent views. For more information about the Sleeping Giant Hiking Trails, click here.
Take a Yoga Class
There are a few different Yoga studios available in Kapaa Town, however for a real treat, visit my favorite Yoga teacher, Paul Reynolds at the Ambrosia Dome just a 10 minute drive from Lae Nani. Enjoy the peaceful country setting, unique ambiance and an eclectic Hatha yoga practice for all levels. Click here for directions and more Kapaa Yoga information.
The closest movie theatre is Kukui Grove Cinema in Lihue, about a 20 minute drive from Lae Nani Condo. Click here to view movies and times.