Things to Do on Kauai if it Rains


Kauai Rainy Day Activities

Kauai Indoor Activities

If rain is in the forecast during your Kauai vacation or trip, below are some suggestions on what to do.

Please be aware that some weather sources may forecast rain every day. But while rain does occur almost daily on Kauai, it's usually in short bursts and then the sun returns. So when we say "rainy day," we're actually talking about a longer period of time during which a system blankets the island in rain. Usually, this occurs when a low trough system or a Kona storm (which comes from the west, opposite the trades) approaches or covers the island.

If you would like more specific information about weather patterns, check out our Kauai Weather page. 

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Kauai Museum

Located on Rice St. in Lihue. It's a two-building museum focusing on the voyaging of the Polynesians to Hawaii and Kauai up thru the Plantation Era. Wonderful displays and a video presentation. Great gift shop with unique Hawaii-made items available.

Grove Farm Museum

Located on Nawiliwili Rd. This 80-acre sugar plantation belonged to George N. Wilcox and his nieces who built their home here in 1864. It was turned into a museum in 1978 and depicts the rise to fame of the prominent family. The main house is in pristine condition, with walls and a staircase made of native Koa wood. Also on the grounds are a wash house, tea house, and guest cottage. Tours are available and reservations are recommended. 


A beautiful Plantation Era home built by the Wilcox family - now with Gaylord's Restaurant and many shops - features train rides and carriage rides as well. Visit their website for more information.

West Kauai Visitor Center

This is located in (almost always) sunny Waimea town right next to the Waimea Canyon Rd. It features several wonderful exhibits and has activities every day of the week.

Kokee State Park Museum

Located in Kokee State Park, this museum offers several displays and information about the island and surrounding areas. Visit their website for more information. 


Available at:

  • Kukui Grove Shopping Center
  • Poipu Shopping Village
  • Old Koloa Town
  • Coconut Marketplace
  • Kong Lung Center
  • Hanalei Town

These areas are great for dodging the raindrops, browsing, and even eating through the area!

Our Recommended Kauai Hotels

Staying indoors when it rains should be a pleasant experience, right? That's why we have selected our favorite Kauai hotels by star rating- so you can find the perfect hotel to fit your vacation needs and budget. Check out our selection of Kauai accommodations and book your stay well in advance of your trip. 

Recommended Kauai Tours
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