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Kauai

The "Garden Island"

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Welcome to Kauai

Special Alert Posted August 2018
 
One lane of Kuhio Highway between Waikoko and Haena will be open for vehicle access to local area residents only from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily; visitors will not have access. Hanalei Beach Park around Black Pot Beach is currently closed due to safety concerns. Haena State Park, including the Kalalau Trail remain closed. Visitors are encouraged to experience the north shore communities of Princeville and Hanalei (town), and other areas of the Garden Island. For the latest updates regarding the situation, please check:

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.

Regions of Kauai

The North Shore of Kauai

North Shore

Home to dramatic natural beauty like the cliffs of the Napali Coast, this area is an outdoor lovers paradise.

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The East Side of Kauai known as the Royal Coconut Coast

East Side (Coconut Coast)

Kauai's East Side is sometimes called the Coconut Coast for the groves of coconut palms that grow there.

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Aerial shot of the Wailua Falls in Lihue

Lihue

The island's government and commercial center is surrounded by natural wonders like Wailua Falls.

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South Shore of Kauai

South Shore

You'll find sites with cultural, historical, and geological significance alongside beautiful beaches.

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Hiking on the West Side of Kauai

West Side

Discover the charming, art-filled Hanapepe Town, the scenic vistas of Kokee State Park, and much more.

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Video: Get Inspired to Visit Kauai

Video: Get Inspired to Visit Kauai
Take a tour of the "Garden Isle" and discover stunning waterfalls, relaxing beaches and much more.

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The Hawaiian Islands Weather

Kauai

Poipu, Kauai

Lihue

Kapaa

Oahu

Honolulu, Oahu

West Side

North Shore (Turtle Bay)

Molokai

Hoolehua, Molokai

Molokai Airport

Kaunakakai City

Lanai

Lanai City, Lanai

Manele Bay Beach

Lanai Airport

Maui

Kahului Airport, Maui

Whalers Village in Kaanapali

The Shops at Wailea in Wailea

Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

Kailua/Kona

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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