Kapaa is a calm and peaceful town, and the residents enjoy the relaxed ambience that it provides. It is in close proximity to the city of Lihue, which is one of the centres for education and transportation in Hawaii. There are also a number of deserted beaches nearby where residents often enjoy quiet Sunday afternoons. The coconut and palm trees give the town a local Hawaiian feeling, unlike most other tourist spots in Kauai. It is therefore, a wonderful place to move to.
Being a coastal town, Kapaa enjoys a pleasant and cool climate throughout the year. There are no extremes in climate conditions. There is no snowfall and sufficient amount of rainfall. August has the least average precipitation of 0.03 inches. February has the highest average precipitation annually, of 9.69 inches. December also experiences heavy rainfall. The amount of rainfall is enough to prevent any water shortages or water problems. The average temperature varies from 42.6 F in Januray to 59.3 F in July. Kapaa is a great place to live in, in terms of weather.
The people of Kapaa form a well-knit community. The racial make-up is diverse. Of the entire population, 27.8% are White, 0.3% are African American, 0.5% are Native American, 31.7% are Asian, 10.0% are Pacific Islander and 9.5% are Hispanics and Latino. Its residents, however, embrace and celebrate every culture. They are friendly, extremely accommodative and helpful; hence one will have no difficulty in fitting into the community. They strongly value their culture and heritage and are spiritual, leading a relaxed and peaceful life.
Kapaa might not be the best when it comes to education. However, it is in very close proximity to the main city of Lihue. Lihue has a number of excellent public schools and universities. Most residents send their children to schools and colleges in Lihue and other nearby places. In Kapaa itself, there are three very good public schools that provide quality education. There is also one well renowned private school.
The people of Kapaa enjoy a comfortable standard of living. They are relaxed and engage in a number of outdoor water sports. The lifestyle is similar to any other local Hawaiian town. They people celebrate a large number of festivals. The crime rates are fairly low. For a small town, the transportation facilities are good. There are also a large number of restaurants, hotels and shopping centres.
In the 19th and 20th century, agriculture was the main industry in Kapaa, being home to one of the largest pineapple fields in Hawaii. Sugar cane was also an important crop that was widely grown. Now, however, most of the land has been converted into residential locations, hotels and shopping villages. Kapaa attracts a large number of tourists every year. Its shopping villages are widely known and its restaurants provide authentic Hawaiian food. Thus, most of its revenue is now from the tourism industry. The median household income is $39,448. For a family, the median income is $45,878. The per capita income is $16,878. Most people commute to the main city of Lihue for work every day.