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Splash through the lapping surf of the warm Pacific Ocean, take a kayak and explore the rugged coastline from the sea, or improve your swing on picture perfect golf courses as you explore the idyllic neighborhood of Kalaheo in Hawaii. Lush tropical foliage carpets the rugged terrain of this striking island, offering the opportunity to hike and explore, while its golden sandy beaches, fringed with shady palms, are tranquil and quiet except for the gentle splash of breaking waves.

Things to see

The Kukuiolono Park and Golf Course sits in the heart of Kalaheo, overlooking the glittering waters of the Ipuolono Reservoir. It’s a tranquil place to visit, even if you’re not playing golf, and as well as the well-kept fairways and meandering trails, you can relax in their idyllic Japanese garden and pass a few quiet hours enjoying the lush scenery. Closer to the center of town, the Lawai International Center is definitely worth a visit. At the start of the 20th century, 88 shrines were built in this picturesque valley by Japanese immigrants, turning the area into an important Buddhist site that many believe has healing powers. If you visit during one of their planned events you’ll get an insight into their history, marveling at their ceremonial blessings or joining in a pilgrimage with locals and tourists. As a day excursion outside Kalaheo, the larger town of Lihue has plenty to offer. More golf courses dot their way through the city suburbs, picturesque lookout points gaze across sandy beaches, and on the glittering surface of the sea, a flotilla of yachts bob gently on the swell at the Nawiliwili Yacht Club.

Hotels in Kalaheo

Hotels in Kalaheo sit amongst the town suburbs, enjoying widespread views over lush vegetation towards the shimmering sea. Here, they’re more in the style of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, typically providing complimentary breakfasts, free WiFi in public areas at least, and the use of a kitchen and television. You won’t find any luxury hotels in Kalaheo itself, but a short drive towards the coast brings you to Poipu, a pretty seaside town where you’ll find some high-end guestrooms overlooking the soft sands of Keoniloa Bay.

Where to stay

The laid-back neighborhood of Kalaheo is largely residential, with large lots lining the undulating roads that wind their way across the hilly terrain. It’s peaceful here, an occasional local café popping up at crossroads, pretty reservoirs reflecting the sun back across the thick tropical vegetation, and discount hotels and guesthouses keeping the atmosphere low-key. Things are bit busier and definitely more commercial in Poipu. Large hotel complexes and private holiday homes sit just meters from the lapping surf, taking full advantage of the sheltered bay. Dive and surf schools have a home here, and local bars are crowded with chilled-out tourists enjoying the warm Hawaiian weather.

How to get to Kalaheo

Unless you’re coming to Hawaii on a cruise ship, the only way you’ll get here is by plane. After you land at Lihue Airport it’s a short journey to the pretty, tropical neighborhood of Kalaheo. Most hotels, including some of those along the idyllic beach at Poipu, offer their own airport transfers which take the hassle out of getting to your resort. Some guesthouses can also arrange uplifts, but if the service isn’t available there are taxi companies and local buses to help you out.

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