Introduction to Kapaa, Hawaii

Kapaa, Hawaii, in Kauai county, is 108 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii. The town has a population of approximately 9,472.

Kapaa History

Kapaa is a word from the local Kauia dialect which means 'the closing' or 'solid'. Kawai Nui is located in the north of the town Kapaa, which was popular for its burly mud fish. The fishes were attracted by the Makalei tree, which was brought by the ancients of Pali'uli. Gradually, the town emerged to be a plantation town and also became a tourist hot spot.

Kapaa and nearby Attractions

  • Kapaa Shopping Center
  • Kapa'a Beach Park
  • Kapaa New Park
  • Kauai Children's Discovery Museum
  • Fun Factory

Things To Do In Kapaa

In the town of Kapaa, tourists can visit many parks including the Town Park, Kapaa New Park, and Kapa'a Beach Park. The Kapaa Shopping Center is the shopping zone for all the tourists. Kauai Children's Discovery Museum is a popular place to visit in Kapaa. The Fun Factory is another great option to experience. Tourists also flock to the Coconut Marketplace which is very spacious; there are lots of stuff that one can buy.

Kapaa Transportation

Lihue Airport is the nearest airport to Kapaa.

Kapaa Higher Education

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Leeward Community College, Brigham Young University-Hawaii campus, and the Honolulu Community College offer opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 10,794
Male Share of the Population 50.3%
Female Share of the Population 49.7%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 4,940
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $34,920
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $34,018
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,176


Median Family Income $80,688
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 24.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,322
Median House Value $466,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 67.2%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 5.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kapaa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 108 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Kauai
Standard Zip Codes 96746
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 22.078
Longitude -159.321

Kapaa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LIHUE AP 1020.1
Distance 6.6 miles
Jan Temp 65 to 78 F
Apr Temp 69 to 79 F
Jul Temp 74 to 84 F
Oct Temp 73 to 84 F
Annual Precip 39.5 inches
Station WAIMEA 947
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 64 to 80 F
Apr Temp 65 to 83 F
Jul Temp 70 to 87 F
Oct Temp 69 to 86 F
Annual Precip 21.2 inches
Distance 87.3 miles
Jan Temp 61 to 79 F
Apr Temp 64 to 82 F
Jul Temp 68 to 86 F
Oct Temp 67 to 86 F
Annual Precip 54.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Anahola 1,951 $62,679
Hanalei 210 $53,438
Hanamaulu 4,946 $62,341
Kilauea 3,208 $72,708
Koloa 2,623 $58,421
Lihue 7,360 $69,107

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Kapaa High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 1,137 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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