Kauaʻi Fact Sheet

"The Island of Discovery"

See also: Why KauaʻiMap of Kauaʻi (PDF)

Kauaʻi Highlights

  • The oldest island in the Hawaiian Islands
  • Capital City: Līhuʻe
  • Population: 69,000
  • Total Rooms: 4,467
  • Top Venue Regions: Līhuʻe, Royal Coconut Coast, Poʻipū, Princeville

Kauaʻi Overview

Kauaʻi has more than 4,000 hotel rooms but retains a sense of "small-island" charm with relaxed towns and welcoming residents. There are a number of world-class hotels and resorts on Kauaʻi, as well as excellent alternatives for group meetings, incentive programs, and special events, including botanical gardens and one of the largest coffee plantations in the United States. Meeting sites are plentiful, and each offers a special touch of Kauaʻi with amenities that are made or grown on the island.

Kauaʻi’s Natural Beauty

The "island of discovery" has surprises at every graceful turn of its quiet highways. From Hawaiʻi’s navigable rivers to mountain trails, the natural beauty of the island is legendary:

  • Amazing landscapes of sculpted mountains, rugged canyons and pristine beaches
  • Home to the soaring cliffs of the Nāpali Coast and the 3,600-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, sometimes referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"

Kauaʻi Activities

Kauaʻi has no shortage of activities to enhance any program or encourage group bonding, including kayaking, ATV rides, expeditions to dozens of Hollywood movie locations, ziplining, golf, and aerial tours into valleys of countless waterfalls.

Līhuʻe Accommodations & Venues

Known for its cultural and historical sites, Līhuʻe is located in the commercial center of Kauaʻi, home to the Royal Sonesta Kauaʻi Resort which offers a variety of meeting space options including its 16,552-square-foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 800 people. Nearby, attendees can enjoy the Oceans Course at Hōkūala Golf Club. Located just outside of Līhuʻe, Kilohana Plantationlush gardens and manor, along with Gaylords restaurant, which offers venues for events large and small.

Royal Coconut Coast Accommodations & Venues

Nestled between the mountain and the ocean on Kauaʻi’s east side, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort recently unveiled Halau Ho‘okipa, the island’s largest beachfront open-air event space. Fronting the ancient surfing grounds of the Royal Coconut Coast, the 4,500-square-foot pavilion is open on three walls to allow for easy event set-up and larger gatherings of groups.

At the 216-room Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay, onsite meeting, convention and catering specialists are available for business and social gatherings. With over 5,375 square feet of indoor and more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor function space, the hotel offers an ideal setting for group services and meeting conventions.

The 25-acre oceanfront oasis at Kauai Beach Resort is home to a variety of exceptional event venues, including seven meeting rooms, landscaped courtyards and 26,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor flexible meeting space. With 350 guest rooms, the resort ensures standout meetings, conferences, receptions and special events.

Poʻipū Accommodations & Venues

In world-renowned Poʻipū on the sunny south shore of Kauaʻi, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa features 25,000 square feet of flexible function space, all on one level, and 40,000 square feet of formal gardens, lawns and poolside and lagoon event areas for unforgettable parties. Corporate gatherings take on an entirely new energy from fresh breezes gracing the resort's lush grounds and incredible facilities.

Half a mile from beautiful Poʻipū Beach, Koloa Landing Resort offers accommodation options ranging from studio suites to villas. The 12,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom can be divided into seven separate areas and is complemented by two 8,000-square-foot outdoor event lawns, both of which can hold up to 800 people.

Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s culinary endeavor, Eating House 1849, is located at The Shops at Kukuiʻula. Perfect for hosting private events, Eating House 1849 can accommodate approximately 180 people for an intimate yet productive meeting space. Eating House 1849 pays homage to Hawaiʻi’s unique culinary heritage. Promising regional cuisine with a historic flair, the new restaurant blends two worlds: the ambiance and simple flavors of the plantation era with the dynamic modernism of haute cuisine. 

Princeville Accommodations & Venues

On Kauaʻi’s dramatic north shore is the upscale resort area of Princeville, where golf enthusiasts can play on a premier course at Princeville Makai Golf Club. 1 Hotel Hanalei Bay will bring a world-class wellness resort to the area in 2023.

Other Kauaʻi properties also provide countless options for creativity and productivity: Planners can choose from an array of public and private venues, including Na ʻĀina Kai Botanical Garden, Kilohana Plantation, Iliahi Estate, Allerton and McBryde Gardens (two of the three National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai), Kauaʻi War Memorial Convention Hall and Kauaʻi Veterans Center.