An important value for Native Hawaiians and Hawaii locals is the idea of “malama aina” or care for the land. On Kauai, there are a variety of activities where visitors can see how Native Hawaiian traditions continue to be used to work the land. Visitors can also see how locals today are keeping Hawaii more sustainable for generations to come.
Take a farm tour in the beautiful green fields of Hanalei Town and see how taro (“kalo” in Hawaiian), an important Hawaiian root starch, is cultivated. The South Shore of Kauai is also home to Kauai Coffee, a working coffee plantation. Some of Hawaii’s largest botanical gardens can also be found on Kauai. The National Tropical Botanical Garden has three sites on the Garden Isle: Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden just west of Koloa, and Limahuli Garden on the North Shore.
Learning about animal conservation is also important on Kauai. You can often see endangered Hawaiian monk seals on Poipu Beach. There are only about 1,200 Hawaiian monk seals remaining and many swim in the waters of Kauai. The law requires that you give these endangered animals plenty of space on land and sea. And during winter, from December through to May, you can go on a whale watching tour to learn about humpback whales and their annual visit back to Hawaii’s warm waters.