Old Kapa'a Town is a quaint 19th century plantation town. And as little as Kapaa is, it's quite full of many small businesses and shops catering to visitors and locals alike. The streets are lined with a variety of unique shops and many restaurants. A wonderful place to take a stroll and see the wares of local merchants.
Near to Kapa'a is Nonou, the "Sleeping Giant", a mountain ridge part of which resembles the face of such a sleeping monster. Look between Wailua and Kapaa to see what looks like the figure of a man on his back. Legend has it that this was a pesky giant who ate constantly. The villagers of Wailua, tired of feeding the giant, tricked him into eating a great number of rocks hidden in a vast quantity of fish and poi. The giant was so full that he lay down to take a nap, fell into a deep sleep, and has yet to wake up. Other folklore states that in ancient times, the people of Kauai planned to discourge any invaders to their island by lighting fires behind the mountain. This would illuminate the figure of the giant and thus scare off any invasion forces.
North of Kapaa Beach is 150-foot wide, 1/2 mile long Kealia beach. popular with surfers and boogie boarders. However, always check on ocean conditions yourself before entering the water. The north shore of the beach once was used for inter-island steamer landings when nearby Kealia was a plantation town. A few ruins of the dock still remain. In ancient times, Hawaiians would gather salt from this area that formed on the sand flats. Today salt is mined from the dunes adjacent to the highway.
The following subdivisions are in this area:
Kapaa Heights, Kapaa Rice & Kula Lots, Kapaa Town Lots.
(Search MLS: Zone 4, Kawaihau District, "4-4-5")
Aguiar Tract, Annie Hazzard Tract, Apopo Rd, Awa'a Subd, Bettencourt Ln/Kawaihau Rd, Castro Tract, Francis Lum Subd, Freitas Tract, Hauiki/Kawaihau, Hulu Manu Subd, Hundley Hights Sudb, Ilima Gardens/Ota Tract, Jillveh, Joe R Neves Tract, Kahuna Rd, Kahuna/Waiakea/Kawaihau, Kapaa Homesteads, Kapaa House Lots, Kapaa Meadow Homes Subd, Kapahi Acres, Kapahi Farm Lots/Kaapuni, Kapani House Lots, Kawaihau Estates Subd, Laipo/Kanaele/Kaehulua, Lee Wing Tract, Lucas Tract, Moalepe Rd, Ornellas, Puu Kaa Subd, Rolling Meadows, Souza Subd, Vivian Hills Subd, Waileale Estates.
(Search MLS: Zone 4, Kawaihau District, "4-4-6")
Kealia Makai, Kealia Ocean View Tract, Kealia Town Tract, Kealia-Kamalomalo.
(Search MLS: Zone 4, Kawaihau District, "4-4-7")
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