At approximately six million years old, Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands and is known as The Garden Isle because of its endless and highly varied beauty. Mount Wai’ale’ale (pronounced “why–ali–ali”) near the center of the island is one of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls, some that reach all the way to the coast. This erosion is particularly evident at Waimea Canyon, often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, and on the magnificent Na Pali Coast, accessible only by boat, helicopter or on foot via the challenging Kalalau Trail. Kauai is also the only Hawaiian Island with a navigable river—the Wailua River—enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for kayaking, sightseeing and boating.
Kauai is home to some of the most picturesque and famous beaches in the world. From Lumahai Beach, which was featured in the movie “South Pacific”, to Hanalei Bay, voted the best beach in the country in 2009, and Hawaii’s longest stretch of sand, Polihale Beach on the far West Side. Our world class surf has spawned some of the most famous surfers in the world. However, as beautiful as it is, the surf can also be very dangerous and can rise without warning, so visitors are advised to swim at one of the eight lifeguarded beaches on the island.
Kauai is rich in history that has been shaped by the multitude of cultures that still inhabit the island today. This provides daily opportunities to enjoy music, art, dance and cuisine from the Pacific Rim, Asia, Micronesia and Oceania. Today, Kauai is home to approximately 60,000 full time residents and almost as many part timers.
The island of Kauai is an exquisite gem in the Pacific Ocean. The only thing that can compare to the natural beauty of this island is the beauty of the people of Kaua’i with their genuine friendliness and spirit of Aloha.