Magnificent scenery, lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls, awe-inspiring canyons, and remarkably vivid tropical flora make Kauai, Hawaii’s Island of Discovery. Only three percent of the land area has been developed for commercial and residential use, leaving the remaining 97% for agriculture and conservation.
Kauai is 25 minutes by air from Honolulu and is the oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands. Formed some six million years ago, the island encompasses roughly 552 square miles and is 25 miles wide by 33 miles long at its furthest points.
Kauai’s weather is near perfect year-round with daytime temperatures ranging from the mid-70’ to the mid-80’s, and getting just slightly warmer in the summer. The northeast trade winds provide refreshing breezes and rain showers usually all in the evening and early morning hours, predominantly over the mountain ranges, leaving the coasts clear. The ocean temperature ranges from 68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Those visiting Kauai do so because they are attracted to its natural beauty, laidback atmosphere and overall ease and friendliness. There is ample opportunity for luxury, adventure and romance on Kauai.
Places to Stay
When looking for a place to temporarily call home during your stay, there are five major resort areas to choose from. The lush, tropical north shore, the east side’s easily accessible coconut coast, the central Lihue area, the sunny southern shore or the arid west side. You can find anything from luxurious beachfront resorts to golf resorts to family-friendly hotels to condos, vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts and spa resorts on the island.
While not always know for its designer shopping, (the natural beauty of the island and outdoor activities tend to steal the spotlight) Kauai is the perfect place to find that unique Kauai product. The county of Kauai has developed a seal called “Kaua‘i Made” to help shoppers quickly identify items made on Kauai or made using Kauai materials. Shopping centers such as the Poipu Shopping Village, the Coconut Marketplace, Kauai Village, Princeville Shopping Center and Kukui Grove Shopping Center are all great places to find apparel, jewelry, artwork, accessories, collectables and crafts.
Renting a car is highly recommended in order to discover the island’s gorgeous waterfalls, rugged coastlines and sweeping vistas. If you don’t plan on venturing out, simply take a taxi or hotel shuttle (if it’s offered) from the airport.
A definite must-see, these 3,000 foot cliffs rise from the ocean to form a spectacular cathedral of cliffs. One can only view Napali by boat, air or by hiking the 11 mile trail.
Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” the Waimea Canyon is one of Kauai’s natural wonders at 14 miles long, one mile wide and 3,567 feet deep. The red, green, blue, gray and purple hues of this extraordinary canyon are not to be missed.
Located on Kauai’s northern end, Kilauea Lighthouse shines as one of Kauai’s most recognizable monuments even though the lights have been off for nearly 30 years. Adjacent to the lighthouse is the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge, a 200-acre nesting refuge for Laysan albatrosses, red-footed boobies, red-tailed tropicbirds, wedge-tailed shearwaters, frigate birds and Hawaii’s state bird, the Nene goose.
Poipu Beach Park
Drenched in sunshine nearly all year round, Po‘ipu is one of Kauai’s best beaches for swimming, snorkeling and bodysurfing.
For more information on discovering Kauai, visit www.kauaidiscovery.com