Kealia, in Hawaiian, quite literally means “salt encrustation,” referring to the old Hawaiian method of gathering and drying salt. The neighborhood of Kealia had once been a site of salt mining for decades in Kauai’s history. Like many towns across the Garden Isle, Kealia was also a booming plantation town, though with its very own train depot. The northern end of Kealia Beach was used by inter-island steamships that brought over supplies and materials for use on plantations. The remains of the jetty, formerly Kealia Landing, is still visible on the beach. Aside from the jetty, along with the post office located in the center of town, very little remains of Kealia’s plantation heyday. What is left in abundance, however, is a community still very much alive and thriving, plus an incredible array of local activities, shops, and natural wonders.
Kealia’s status as a plantation town may be said and done, but the town itself is still renowned for its crops and produce. Just a quarter of a mile up Kealia Road you will find Kealia Farm, a lush 40-acre property that holds farmer’s markets twice a week, and opens its gates for visitors three times a week, offering a set of unique tours through every acre of the property. There’s the walking tour, where visitors will learn about Kauai’s agricultural history and get firsthand farming experience by stepping knee-deep into the taro fields. Kealia Farm also offers the Tractor Tour, where you’ll ride on... you guessed it--a tractor--as you explore the entirety of the farm.
Back down the road lies Kealia Beach, a half-mile white sand beach perfect for a casual stroll, jog, or surfing session, and an ideal place for whale watching during the winter months. The beach is a local hotspot for intermediate surfers and experienced body-boarders. The strong currents and occasional ocean and wind swells make Kealia Beach the place to be when you’re in the mood to catch some surf. The northern end of the beach is much calmer for those seeking a more relaxed affair. For those looking to explore, the newly paved pedestrian path along the coast will take you south to the neighboring town of Kapaa, which is the most happening place on Kauai’s east side aside from Lihue. It is also bike friendly, making the two-mile trek along the coast a mere breeze of an excursion.
Residential properties in Kealia vary in square footage from 700 square feet to 12,000 square feet, with vacant level lots reaching upwards of 250,000 feet. Homes are priced at $465,000 to $10 million, offering as many as 7 bedroom suites and 8 bathrooms. These elegantly designed homes are complete with dream kitchens, the latest and greatest appliances, granite countertops, hardwood floors and tropical décor. From quaint and cozy to luxury and modern, Kealia has homes in all shapes and sizes, all virtually a stone’s throw from gorgeous ocean views and incredible sunsets.