Where to Live on Kauai
When you decide to move Kauaʻi, it’s common for people to offer you friendly advice about the difference between visiting Kauaʻi and actually living there.
One of the things we’ve noticed is that tourists tend to explore the entire island with enthusiasm. However, when people move to Kauaʻi, they seem to stick to the area where they live.
We mention all this as a preamble to our own piece of friendly advice, namely: Choose your neighborhood carefully. You’ll probably spend most of your time in that area! Make sure that the things that drew you to Kauaʻi are easily accessible from your home base.
Additionally, like the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauaʻi has a number of microclimates that range from dry and hot to lush and wet. So whereas some locations may require nearly constant air conditioning, others may not. Keep this in mind as you do your research.
What’s the Best Place to Live in Kauaʻi?
To kick off your search, we’ve compiled a list of several popular areas you might consider:
- Kapaʻa – Kapaʻa town is centrally located on Kauaʻi’s east side, with quick and easy access to the central hub of Līhuʻe . Kapaʻa offers its residents a variety of activities, shopping, and dining. It can also be a more affordable area to call home. Don’t miss the first Saturday art walk!
- Kekaha – If you’re looking for a relaxing way of life with easy access to long beach walks and gorgeous sunsets, consider Kehaka on Kauaʻi’s sunny west side. Surfers, retirees, and those looking to truly unwind have found their own personal paradise in Kehaka. Bonus: You’ll enjoy views of Niʻihau , Hawaii’s “forbidden island.”
- Līhuʻe – Līhuʻe is Kauaʻi’s capital and second-largest city. If you choose to make your home in Līhuʻe town, you’ll have easy access to the airport, as well as the commercial center of the island with its hospitals, banks, offices, and more. Additionally, because Līhuʻe is centrally located Kauaʻi, you’ll be well-positioned to explore the entire island on your days off.
- Kīlauea – If you’re looking for classic, Kauaʻi-style living with majestic ocean and mountain views, Kīlauea might be the place for you. With lows that hit the 60s in the winter months, Kīlauea can offer more a more temperate feel than other places in Kauaʻi. With no hotels nearby, it also offers a much quieter style of living.
- Poʻipū – Poʻipū is an area that many flock to for its near-constant sunshine and low annual rainfall. This south shore neighborhood is home to a number of high-end hotels and resorts, which means plentiful shopping choices for residents. Because it’s a popular area with tourists, Poʻipū can be a little more high-energy than some of Kauaʻi’s more laid-back towns.