Those looking for a predominantly residential, family-friendly environment should look no further than Kalaheo. Located on the south side of Kauai, its location makes this area attractive to homeowners. Most residents enjoy living in trade wind cooled, hillside homes positioned for distant shoreline and mountain views. A 20 minute-drive is all you need to get to Lihue, the commercial center of the island, the popular beaches of Poipu, or the historic seaport town of Waimea, gateway to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

However, there’s no need to stray outside of this neighborhood to enjoy natural amenities. Kukuiolono Park and Golf Course boasts 180 acres of lush, tropical landscape, where residents and visitors can walk, hike, and picnic. Once the site of an ancient Hawaiian Heiau (temple), the park retains this spirituality with its Japanese tea garden and meditation pavilion.

Kalaheo is also home to Hawaii’s largest coffee grower, Kauai Coffee Company. Enjoy a cup of Kauai Coffee and stroll through the orchard of the nation’s largest coffee farm.

Literally meaning “the proud day,” Kalaheo is a hidden gem of a neighborhood, where residents have much to boast about their enclave.