The East Shore of Kauai, containing Kapaa and Lihue, is the most centrally located part of the island. It is easy to enjoy trips either north or south for more access to fun and unique experiences. Those who live or visit in either the north or south regions come east for convenient shopping. On the East Shore, there is easy access to both. The East Shore is home to the only Costco, WalMart, and Kmart, and provides easy access to the airport and hospital.
The East Shore hosts hikers of varying abilities seeking to enjoy the views. A great hike is the Sleeping Giant-a 4 mile roundtrip hike ending at the top of Nonou mountain and offering 360° views of the coastline and the center of the island. Another benefit of this area is the bike path—intended to be 17 miles long from Lihue along the east shore all the way to Anahola—it currently covers many miles along Wailua, Kapaa, and Kealia. It is paved and great for strolling, biking, and dog walking.
Although there are many beaches, the currents are strong and not all are good for swimming. Kealia Beach and Lydgate Beach Park in particular are popular for families to get together while enjoying the scenic views. More populated than other parts of the island, Kappa and Lihue have resisted expansion of roads to preserve a small town feel, occasionally leading to greater congestion than areas such as the North Shore.
Most property is residential in nature and in the more rural areas, many lots are half acre to a couple of acres in size. There are numerous neighborhoods, each with their own charm, most having a county park, and some having soccer fields, tennis courts, and baseball fields. Those seeking to settle on the East Shore love the convenience! The weather is drier along the coast and towards the mountains has many lush areas.
The East Shore is the home of commerce and business on Kauai. Mainly attracting residents for its convenience, retirees and young workers alike love being close to the hospital and airport and visitors enjoy access to both the north and south areas of Kauai.