Lush plateaus and white sand beaches
The Wailua River signals the entrance into this east side neighborhood and the beginning of where Kauai’s primary voting populous resides. From Kuhio Highway, a left turn onto Kuamoo Road begins the unveiling of innumerable shades of green, splendid waterfalls and views toward the center of the island. Considered an ideal rural location for many who work in Lihue or on the northshore, Wailua’s claim to fame is its river. On any given day kayakers paddle up stream and hike to Wailua Falls. Wailua connects to Kapaa on its upper roadway system making it easy to avoid Kuhio Highway for all forms of passage. Since 1992 the iconic Coco Palms Hotel has been closed and remains an eye-sore along the route. Primarily home to island residents, just a few legal vacation rentals are located within the area.
This fun and funky beach town with play always on display at the Kapaa Beach Park brings a smile to anyone’s face. Pull over, walk each side of the street and meet up with cheery local vendors. Some of the best eateries are behind the main drag where patrons squeeze onto small benches and stools to enjoy favorite flavors often coming from food trucks. The island’s primary voting populous resides here spanning from Wailua to Kapaa. Housing options are vast, and residents and visitors alike find that their shopping, educational and recreational needs are met. For those who enjoy biking, the Kapaa Bike Path, known as Ke Ala Hele Makalae Path, runs for 8 miles right along the coast. Kealia Kai, one of the island’s most beautiful agricultural subdivisions is along the northern end of the path.
Stretching along the Kealia coastline find beaches, bikes, ranching and agricultural pursuits ranging from kalo to coconuts. Affordable housing and a mix of luxury estates co-exist and combine to create the gateway to the northshore. The climate is a bit dryer than Wailua and Kapaa and ocean breezes keep homes cool. The Ke Ala Hele Makalae Path is a favorite for daily walks and bike rides connecting Kealia back into Kapaa Town. Homes are for primary or secondary residential use with one or two legal vacation rentals.