Lihue, Hawaii

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Lihue or Līhuʻe is a census-designated place (CDP) and the county seat of Kauai County, Hawaii. Lihue (pronounced [liːˈhuʔe]) is the second largest town on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi. As of the 2000 Census, the CDP had a total population of 5,674 [1].

Lihue is served by the Lihue Airport, located in the CDP.[2] The main seaport for Kauai is at Nawiliwili Bay, directly southeast of town. The town is home to the county administration building; Kauai's largest shopping center, Kukui Grove Center, which houses the island's only big department store, Macy's; and several big-box stores including Sears, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Costco. There are also several car dealerships and restaurants. Most of the island's traffic lights can be found here.[citation needed]

However, Lihue does not have a monopoly on island commerce. There is a cluster of several shopping centers to the north in Kapaa.[citation needed]



In ancient times, Lihue was a minor village. Līhuʻe means "cold chill" in the Hawaiian Language.[3][4] Lihue is located in the ancient district of Puna, the southeastern coast of the island, and land division (ahupuaʻa) of Kalapaki.[5] Royal Governor Kaikioʻewa officially made it his governing seat in 1837, moving it from Waimea.[6]

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