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10 Absolutely Free Things to Do in Poipu, Kauai

When you’re in Kauai there are so many things to see and do. Luckily, some of them are even free! Check out these free things to do in Poipu, Kauai that are fun and totally free of charge.

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The famous Spouting Horn on Koloa Trail

1. Trek the Koloa Heritage Trail

Go on a self-guided tour of Koloa Heritage Trail, were history and culture combine to give insight into the region you’ve visited.  A series of 14 monuments highlight significant sites on the trail, including Koloa Landing at Hanakaape Bay and Spouting Horn. 

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2. Perk Up at Kauai Coffee Company

Come for the free coffee samples, stay to learn how Kauai coffee is grown, harvested, processed and graded.  Visit their museum, take a self-guided walking tour and try to decide which flavor of coffee is your favorite.  Ours was the coconut caramel crunch blend.

3. Check Out Local Hawaiian History

Prince Kuhio Park honors Prince Kuhio of Kaui, a nephew of Hawaii’s last queen, Liliuokalani, and a U.S. Congressman who fought for his country’s independence and, later, Hawaii’s statehood. The park is located on Lawai Road and was opened in 1924. An ancient Heiau (sacred site) stands at the back end of the park, as well as an ancient saltwater fishpond. 

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Poipu Shopping Village/Facebook

4. Watch Tahitian and Hula Dance Shows at Poipu Shopping Village

On Mondays and Thursday at Poipu Shopping Village at 4:30pm enjoy the art of Tahitian and Hula by the women of Urahutia. They take you on a trip to the South Pacific islands of Tahiti. The show is free and lasts for about 30 minutes long. It can be viewed at center stage under the Banyan Tree.



5. Have a Picnic at Kukui’ula Harbor 

If water sports or relaxing on the beach sounds ideal, head to stunning Kukui’ula Harbor. The harbor area overall boasts lounging, sportfishing, sailing, whale watching, boating, and more! There is also a covered picnic area with restrooms, so head to the farmer’s market and then eat your packed lunch here.

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The coastal beauty of the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

6. Hike the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

Kauai’s southern coastline is the showcase of this 2-mile roundtrip hike.  Trek from the southeast corner of Shipwreck Beach (Keonela Bay) along sand-dune cliffs, Kiawe trees, limestone formations and rocky inlets all the way to Mahaulepu Beach (Kawailoa Bay).

7. Find Respite with Endless Beach Days

There are several jaw-dropping beaches open to the public, including: 

Brennecke’s Beach

A local favorite, Brennecke’s Beach’s environment is perfect for surfing, bodyboarding, snorkeling, swimming, and more. There are no lifeguards, but guests can find restrooms.

Baby Beach

As the beach’s name suggests, this protected cove area provides families with the perfect spot for young children. This small, moon-shaped beach has gentle, shallow waters so parents can comfortably relax while their children splash around. Also, note that there are no restrooms or lifeguards.

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Fresh and delicious finds at the Farmers Market

8. Savor Local Flavor at the Kauai Culinary Market

Visit the Kukui`ula Shopping Village on Wednesdays between 4 and 6pm, in the heart of Poipu for fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables and coffee, along with spices, jams, bread and cheeses as well as live contemporary Hawaiian music. Moreover, chef demonstrations with Kauai grown and Kauai made products happen at the Wine and Beer Garden. 

9. Kōloa Plantation Days

Kōloa Plantation Days pays homage to traditional Hawaiian culture as well as the many immigrant cultures that settled in Kauai to work on the sugar plantations. Through cultural performances, culinary demonstrations, live music, and more, guests can celebrate Hawaii’s mixed cultures and traditions.

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10. Moir Gardens

This well-revered botanical garden, also known as Pa’au a Laka, hosts dry climate plant species such as cactus, succulents, orchids, bromeliads, and more. Opened to the public in the mid-1950s, the garden has transformed into a destination spot. Additionally, there are numerous lava rock ponds with koi fish, lilies, and beyond for a truly relaxing and lovely experience. The Moir Gardens are open daily. 


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Hawaii to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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