Literally meaning "the solid" in Hawaiian, Kapaa is located in the ancient and well-known district of Puna. The famous Nounou Mountain overlooks the town. Agriculture was once a big industry, as expansive fields of sugar cane were grown along with the largest pineapple fields on Kauai. Today, Kapaa and its 9500 residents enjoy a town that has a large number of hotels, shopping centers, and tourist-oriented shops and restaurants. Residents of real estate homes or condominiums for sale enjoy Kapaa’s proximity to main city Lihue as well as the casual atmosphere and safe community. Home to many blue collar families, most of Kapaa’s residents who don’t serve the local tourism industry commute into Lihue for work.
Kapaa features a very local ambiance here amongst the coconut palms and provides a drastic change from other tourist-driven towns on Kauai. Just outside of Kapaa are open and quiet beaches which residents claim help relieve stress and provide lovely scenic views of the seashore and magnificent ocean life. Kapaa’s other claim to fame is its appearance in a range of Hollywood movies including Moloaa Bay where the Skipper, Gilligan, and Crew washed ashore for the filming of Gilligan’s Island. The people of Kapaa also look forward to annual festivities and activities that make the community so special, including the Kaua`i Powwow, Coconut Festival, Christmas Fantasy Faire. Kealia Beach and Kamokila Historical Village are also favored attractions for both residents and visitors.