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Arriving in Lihue means you’ve arrived in the heart of Kauai’s cultural and historical region. A traveler favorite for its convenience to the airport and the island’s primary port for cruise ships and cargo, there’s plenty to explore in and outside of town.

Fans of ancient architecture will enjoy a visit to the Menehune Alekoko Fishpond. Ancient Hawaiians would construct fishponds to passively catch fish, and this remarkable example was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. It comes with more than that designation, however—the legend of Menehune, a Hawaiian people who were noted for their engineering. The legend says that the Menehune lined up for 25 miles to pass stones to the site where the fishpond was built—and they accomplished this in a single night. After exploring this marvel of engineering, take in the natural marvel of Huleia National Wildlife Refuge. While visitors can’t enter the refuge in order to protect the flora and fauna inside, it can be viewed from an overlook near the Menehune Alekoko Fishpond.

Get a taste of Kauai and Hawaiian cuisine with a visit to one of the area’s favorite local spots. From street foods to fine dining, there’s something for every kind of eater in Lihue. Hawaiian plate lunches are a go-to for locals and visitors alike. If you’re unfamiliar, a traditional plate lunch has similarities to the mainland lunchtime staple the meat-and-three and Japanese bento boxes, but they’re 100% Hawaiian. Mounds of white rice and macaroni salad and a protein comprise a traditional plate lunch, but you can heap on as many entrees as you please. Choose fresh seafood as your protein or Kalua pork (or both) to sample the best that the area has to offer.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Garden Island. Southwest Airlines flies to Lihue Airport, which makes starting your exploration of Lihue (Kauai) simple. And when you book with Southwest, you can book with confidence, knowing that the process will be straightforward from flight selection to checkout. Of course, having a memorable trip is about more than finding a great deal on a flight. Learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your next flight to Lihue Airport.

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Things to do in Kauai.

Beautiful beaches
  • Kalapaki Beach
  • Ninini Beach
  • Poipu Beach Park
Can’t-miss museums
  • Grove Farm Homestead & Sugar Plantation Museum
  • Kauai Museum
  • Kokee Natural History Museum
Enriching outings
  • Menehune Alekoko Fishpond
  • Kilohana Estate Kauai
  • Waioli Mission House & Church

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