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Kauai Island FAQ

What is the time difference from the continental U.S.?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March–November).
 
Where is the main airport on Kauai?
Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer direct service to Kauai. Visitors can also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu, then travel to Kauai.
 
How far is it from Lihue Airport (LIH) to:
Hanapepe: 30 minutes
Kalalau Lookout: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Koloa: 25 minutes
Poipu: 30 minutes
Princeville: 1 hour
Wailua: 15 minutes
Waimea Canyon: 1 hour, 15 minutes
 
What is the area code for Hawaii Island?
The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
 
What is the capital city?
Lihue
 
What languages are spoken there?
English and Hawaiian
 
Do I need a car to get around Kauai?
It’s possible to get around Kauai by shuttle, tour bus, taxi or public transportation system. But to make the most of your time in Kauai, consider renting a car.
 
Where are the major hotel and resort areas on Kauai?
There are five major resort destinations on Kauai: North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).
 
Do I need my passport to get to Kauai?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you don’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.
 
What should I pack on my trip to Kauai?
It’s warm on Kauai, so pack your summer attire. Bring a light, waterproof jacket or sweater for the evenings, a rain poncho for hiking trails in tropical rainforests and casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan to experience some fine dining. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. You can buy Aloha Shirts and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.

What is the currency?
The U.S. dollar; traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted, and ATM machines are everywhere.
 
When is a good time to visit Kauai?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Kauai. The average temperature ranges between 84 and 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale-watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale-watching months are between January and early April.
 
Where can I stay?
Luxury resorts, hotels, vacation rentals, including cottages, homes and condos, and bed and breakfasts are located throughout the island.
 
Is there Internet access?
Wi-Fi is readily available on Kauai and at many hotels.
 
When and where are Sunshine Markets (Farmers’ Markets) on Kauai?
Remember to get to the Sunshine Markets a little early, giving you first choice at the fresh fruits and vegetables.

Monday: Koloa Ball Park, Maluhia Road, noon
Tuesday: Kalaheo Neighborhood Center, 3:30pm; Hawaiian Farmers Market, Hanaleiat Waipa, 2–4pm
Wednesday: Kapaa New Town Park (near the Armory), 3pm
Thursday: Kilauea Neighborhood Center, 4:30pm; Hanapepe Town Park (behind the fire station), 3:30–5:30pm
Friday: Vidinha Stadium parking lot on Hoolako Street in Lihue, 3pm
Saturday: Kekaha Neighborhood Center, 9am; Christ Memorial Church in Kilauea, 9–11am
 
Which beaches have lifeguards on Kauai?
Kekaha Beach, Salt Pond Beach Park, Poipu Beach Park, Lydgate, Kealia, Hanalei Bay, Haena Beach Park and Kee Beach (we do not advise going to Queen’s Bath because conditions are dangerous).
 
What are tipping guidelines?
U.S. standards apply: 15–20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1–2 per night for housekeeping.
 
How can I get hiking/permit information on Kauai?
Please call the State Parks office at (808)-274-3444, where you can obtain hiking and camping permits for the State Parks (Kalalau and Kokee). If you are interested in obtaining a camping permit in one of the County Parks, please call the County Parks office at (808)-241-4463.
 
Where can I go bird watching on Kauai?
For a nominal entry fee, the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge (at the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse) is a special setting for bird lovers. Framed by breathtaking views of Kauai’s North Shore, Hawaii’s endangered birds can be seen nesting in the cliffs, including the Hawaiian Gallinule, red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, albatrosses and frigate birds.
 
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