USCG Station Kauai
3070 Waapa Rd. A, Lihue, HI 96766
The climate in Lihue is warm, muggy, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 66°F to 84°F and is rarely below 60°F or above 85°F.
The clearer part of the year in Lihue begins around December 12 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around April 16. On January 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 79% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 21% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around April 16 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around December 12. On October 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time.
The wetter season lasts 8.0 months, from September 5 to May 4, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on December 23.
The drier season lasts 4.0 months, from May 4 to September 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 10% on June 4.
Cost of Living
Residents in Lihue, HI enjoy a cost of living index of 171. This index is 3% lower than the Hawaii average, and 71% higher than the national average. The following categories are used when determining the cost of living index for any given city: health care (5%), transportation (9%), utilities (10%), groceries (13%), housing (30%), and goods/services (33%). Clearly, housing and goods/services make up the majority of the formula for calculating the cost of living index. Because of this, the general cost of living for any given area can be estimated by looking at the cost of everyday goods in that area. For those living in Lihue, HI, the average cost of goods and services is equal to it is in Hawaii, and it is 29% higher than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
Set on the East Coast, Kauai’s county seat is also the island’s most prominent town and is the center of local transportation, government, and business. The 19th century settlement was built on the sugar industry, and Lihue still features the island’s only active sugar mill. Nearby, Kalapaki Beach accommodates swimmers and sunbathers, and the airport and seaport both cater to business and leisure travelers to the island.
Your Kauai trip begins as soon as you touch down in Lihue, the commercial center of Kauai and home of Lihue Airport. Surrounded by some of the island’s most popular tours and attractions, you can head North to Princeville or South and West to Waimea! Enjoy an ATV or zipline adventure in nearby Kipu Ranch, or kayak up the Huleia River to a beautiful waterfall. Take off from Lihue Airport on a helicopter or airplane and see the Garden Isle in a way you can’t experience from the ground.
Of course, any visit wouldn’t be complete without being exposed to the local history and culture. As such, the district of Lihue, Kauai is no different. The great thing about Lihue is that you have several locations where you can get all the history and culture that you want. If you don’t want to go far, you can just visit the Kauai Museum to see artifacts, exhibits, and images of past eras, from the ancient Hawaiian kingdom, to the arrival of the missionaries, plantations, and to Hawaii’s current status as a state in the US. Speaking of plantations, you should head to the Grove Farm Homestead to see the sugar plantation that was once the chief economic force in Kauai. For more hands-on and personal encounter with the local history, you can visit the local ancient temples and other historical points of interest in Lihue. You can go to the Hikina Akala Heiau, or visit the other temples along the Niumalu Harbor. You can also visit the Pohaku Ho’ohanau where Hawaiian nobility gave birth to their children according to religion and tradition. As the tradition goes, noblemen are not noble if they’re not born in Pohaku Ho’ohanau. You can also check out the Hauola Place of Refuge where people who broke taboo and defeated warriors go to get protection from persecution. You can also visit the Menehune or Alekoko Fishpond to see the fishpond created by the legendary people of Menehune. There you can see the artistry and expertise of the legendary Menehune people in waterworks and stoneworks.
As for the beach – Lihue has many of them for you to choose from. If you want white sands, you can check out the Kalapaki Beach. Aside from swimming and just lounging on its beaches, you can also go sailing on the beach. Another thing that might interest you is the beach’s proximity to the Kauai Lagoons, where you can find freshwater lagoons and the local wildlife. If you want to see the ships passing through the Nawiliwili Harbor, you can swim or just stroll along the Ninini Beach. And for a fun family time on the beach, you can head over to the Niumalu Beach Park. Aside from swimming on its beach, you can also find picnic tables, showers, and restrooms in the park. And if you want to stay overnight outdoors, you can also camp out on the park grounds. Just be sure to get the necessary permits first. Other popular activities in the beach park are sail boarding and kayaking up the river. You can also head on over to the Hanamaulu Beach Park which also offers the same amenities as Niumalu. This place is great for family picnics and barbecue on the beach.
Preserved in the Kauai Museum’s collections are the story of Kauai, detailed in artifacts, exhibits, and photographs. Two buildings showcase items from the era preceding Western contact as well as the plantation period. There’s a focus on the influx of various ethnic peoples who came to labor in the fields. Royal garments, native handicrafts, exotic shells, model ships, and documentary images are spread throughout the complex, which also offers guided tours, a cafe, and gift shop.
Luau Kalamaku – an unforgettable experience that is a “must-see” for any visitor to the islands. Your cultural journey begins with craft demonstrations and Hawaiian games followed by the traditional Imu Ceremony. While enjoying your sumptuous buffet, hula dancers and musicians will delight you with an exciting luau show. The skies darken and lights dim as dancers take the stage to share an ancient Hawaiian legend. The legend, Kalamaku, expresses the Polynesians’ amazing and dangerous journey from Tahiti to Kauai.
The Nawiliwili Tavern is open late and offers plenty of late-night fun. Dancing, pool, darts, video games, TVs, and a rousing night or two of karaoke can all be found. Of course, sitting back with a cold one or a cocktail and taking it all in is permitted too. Friendly and laid-back, regulars make you feel right at home. Kauai’s gay community has made the first Saturday of each month their own with plenty of karaoke and drink specials.
In its heyday, Kiahuna Plantation, a 1930s-era mansion was the focal point of a successful sugar-cane plantation. Today, the Tudor-style, 16000-square-foot home has been restored to its original glory and houses galleries, boutiques, and the historic train. Visitors may wander its halls with their rich detailing and explore the cottages that lie on the estate’s grounds.Local artwork and crafts from on-site shops make ideal souvenirs. You’ll also find Kauai’s only rum distillery and a ceramics shop where you can make your own pottery to ship home.