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Kauai

The "Garden Island"

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Welcome to Kauai

Kauai is Hawaii's fourth largest island and is sometimes called the "Garden Island," which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements. Centuries of growth have formed tropical rainforests, forking rivers and cascading waterfalls! Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. More than just dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. You can kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, or go ziplining above Kauai's lush valleys. But, it is the island's laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns that make it truly timeless. Make your escape to Kauai and discover the undeniable allure of the island.

Regional Map of Kauai

Kauai
North Shore
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Home to dramatic natural beauty like the cliffs of the Napali Coast, this area is an outdoor lovers paradise.
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West Side
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Discover the charming, art-filled Hanapepe Town, the scenic vistas of Kokee State Park, and much more.
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East Side
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Kauai's East Side is sometimes called the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow there.
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Lihue
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The island's government and commercial center is surrounded by natural wonders like Wailua Falls.
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South Shore
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You'll find sites with cultural, historical, and geological significance alongside beautiful beaches.
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This towering falls is an incredible sight (and photo opportunity) during your East Side adventure.
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One of Hawaii's only navigable rivers offers plenty of fun for kayakers and other paddlers.
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Take a boat ride to this remote, fern-filled cave to see a different side of Kauai.
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This historic enclave is home to local boutiques and delicious dining options.
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The scenic vistas at the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" are truly beyond belief.
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The oceanfront town at the gateway to Waimea Canyon is a fun stop during your West Side adventure.
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This beautiful state park has dozens of miles of trails and incredible overlooks.
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Hanapepe Town offers interesting local galleries, boutiques and more.
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Interesting history and awe-inspiring photo opportunities await.
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The best views of these cathedral spire-like peaks is with a helicopter or boat tour.
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This laid-back town is the perfect place to unwind.
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Take a trip back in time to the arrival of missionaries on Kauai.
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The family-friendly Poipu Beach Park on Kauai’s South Shore was once voted “America’s Best Beach.”
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Old Koloa Town is a charming area with a historic plantation past.
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Koloa Heritage Trail spotlights significant cultural, historical and geological sites.
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Spouting Horn Park features a blowhole that’s one of the most photographed spots on Kauai.
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Allerton Garden is home to the giant Moreton Figs made famous in the film "Jurassic Park," and both gardens feature a wide variety of trails and plant species.
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Located in Lihue, the Kauai Museum features amazing collections from the artisans of Kauai and Niihau.
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According to legend, the Menehune built Alekoko Fishpond on Kauai’s southeast shore in one night.
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Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, 80-foot-high waterfall located north of Lihue.
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Past Lihue is Kilohana, a restored 1930s-era plantation estate renowned for hosting one of the island’s most iconic luau.
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Founded in 1864, this 100-acre sugar plantation museum in Lihue provides a fascinating look into Kauai’s plantation past.
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The Hawaiian Islands Weather

Kauai

Poipu, Kauai

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Lihue

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Oahu

Honolulu, Oahu

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West Side

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North Shore (Turtle Bay)

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Molokai

Hoolehua, Molokai

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Molokai Airport

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Kaunakakai City

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Lanai

Lanai City, Lanai

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Manele Bay Beach

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Lanai Airport

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Maui

Kahului Airport, Maui

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Whalers Village in Kaanapali

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The Shops at Wailea in Wailea

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Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

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Kailua/Kona

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Puako

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More Ways to Explore Kauai

Hiking to a scenic overlook in Kokee State Park, Kauai
Find dramatic views on the West Side of Kauai

With so much to see and do on the island of Kauai, you could easily spend your entire trip exploring the island. Here's some more info about things to see and do around the island. 

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