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Site of Kauai's original settlement, this small town on the island's eastern side (known as the Coconut Coast) gets its name from the Wailua River. Ancient communities were built along the river, from which native Hawaiians derived transportation, sustenance, and life. Many cultural and historical sites still dot the area, including structures reputedly built by the island's race of small people, the menehunes. Explore the area and its natural beauty, along with Fern Grotto and the series of heiau (religious sites).