Kilauea, Hawaii Guide

Kilauea, Hawaii Guide
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Address , Kilauea, HI 96722
Complete guide to the city of Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii.

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Kilauea Location

The small town of Kilauea is located on the north shore of Kaua'i. It's just a bit east from the upscale, resort town of Princeville and northwest of Anahola. Accessing the area is done via the Kuhio Highway which is the main road that leads in and out of this side of the island.

Kilauea History

It's thought that the Hawaiians settled this area back around 100-300 AD but the town didn't become Kilauea until 1863. That was when Charles Titcomb bought the 3,000 acre ahupua'a from King Kamehameha IV for $2,600. Talk about a bargain.

Titcomb used the land to grow sugar, coffee, and other crops like sweet potato and kalo as well as for cattle grazing. Around 1881, Sugar in Hawaii became a big deal and the Kilauea Sugar Co. was started when Robert Macfie, Jr. became its owner. Irrigation ditches were dug and expanded and a railroad was built to transport the cane from the fields to the mill, making it the first narrow gauge rail system in the Kingdom. The company eventually controlled over 10,000 acres of land in the area.

Some of the structures that were built back then are still around today. A good example of this is the Stone Dam that was completed in 1881 and can be found along the Wai Koa Loop Trail.

By 1971 the plantation closed down the and town of Kilauea seemed to be doomed. But the community stuck together and some members of the local churches started the Kilauea Community Outreach Program to provide the town with much needed leadership. Over time the town bounced back and survived and has become the Kilauea you see today.

Kilauea Attractions

For such a small town, Kilauea offers a good amount of attractions that you'll want to check out. As far as beaches go you'll have nearby options such as the amazing Kalihiwai Bay Beach, Secret Beach (Kauapea Beach) / Secrets, Kahili Quarry Beach / Rock Quarry Beach, Waiakalua Beach, and Pila'a Beach.

We also recommend stopping at Anini Beach Park which can be a great place for families with kids and for snorkeling. This beach is protected by Hawaii's longest reef which means the waters here are usually very calm.

We also suggest you check out Kilauea Lighthouse / Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge while in the area and be sure to bring a camera. The lighthouse is interesting to see but it's really the views you're after here and they won't disappoint.

Next up is Anaina Hou Community Park which is a fun park for the kids but also offers a fun nature hike known as the Wai Koa Loop Trail. It's a good family friendly walk through nature. When you're done you can hit the miniature links at Kauai Miniature Golf and Botanical Garden which is right here as well. Garden and plant lovers should be sure to visit Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens.

If you want a bit more adventure in your nature experience then check out Silver Falls Ranch which offers horseback riding tours.

View all that Kilauea has to offer here.

Kilauea Fun Facts

The name Kilauea in Hawaiian means "spewing" or "much spreading" and the town shares its name with Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island which is home to Pele - The Volcano Goddess.