The Lawai Valley provides its residents with the laid-back Kauai lifestyle–minus the crowds and constant bustle of the island’s major tourist areas and population centers. Nestled amongst the lush tropical vegetation of the southern foothills of Mount Waialeale, the majority of properties in Lawai offer fabulous ocean views contrasted against a sublime mountainous jungle backdrop. Composed mostly of mellow neighborhoods, cul-de-sacs, and low traffic dead-end streets, Lawai is an affordable yet scenic region of the island and is an ideal location for those who wish to finally fulfill the dream of building or purchasing their Hawaiian dream home. Though the valley is within sight of ‘the wettest spot on Earth’ in Mount Waialeale, homes in Lawai won’t be as under the weather as those found on the wetter North Shore. With average temperatures around 80 degrees, the valley’s semi-arid tropical climate is only interrupted by brief rain showers which are quickly burned off by the constant sun rays as they shine down on Kauai’s South Shore.
The wide selection of properties in Lawai range from magnificent homes with superior craftsmanship and amenities,to hillside homes, subdivisions, and undeveloped lots with superb ocean and mountain views. Several subdivisions and newer developments extend up into the foothills alongside numerous ponds, reservoirs, and streams which nourish the dense vegetation of the valley on their path to the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of the island’s South Shore.. With a population of around 2,000 inhabitants, the residents ofLawai have long valued the valley as a place of healing and spiritual importance. Many of the valley’s populus are descendents of the original Asian laborers who once worked the sugar plantations on this part of the island, they carry on alegacy of devotion to family, nature, and hard work. A quietresidential area with a tempered nightlife, Lawai has the usual amenities of post office, general store, Chinese restaurants and BBQ, and most of the valley’s charming local residents work in tourism, fishing, or construction. Whether you ultimately select to build your own home on a private hillside or next to a jungle stream rest assured that the Lawai Valley will deliver the peace and tranquility of your very own tropical paradise.
While the town itself doesn’t attract many outside visitors and isn’t a major tourist destination, it’s just a ten minute drive from the beaches, fine dining, and diverse nightlife offerings of Poipuand Koloa and fifteen minutes from the shopping, airport, and convenience of the seat of Kauai County in Lihue.