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Kauai "Hawaii's Island of Discovery"


From the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast to the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon, Kauai embraces the senses like no other destination. Explore the island via land, sea or air to experience settings you’ve only dreamed about. Discover 50-miles of heavenly beaches from Poipu Beach to Hanalei Bay. Explore charming and historic small towns like Hanapepe and Koloa where no building is taller than a coconut tree. With so much to experience, “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery,” is begging to be explored.

Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called “The Garden Isle,” which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northern most 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.

Beyond Kauai’s dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities.Kayak the Wailua River. Snorkel on Poipu Beach. Hike the trails of Kokee State Park. Even go ziplining above Kauai’s lush valleys. But it is the island’s laid-back atmosphere and rich culture found in its small towns and along its one-lane bridges that make it truly timeless. Make your escape to Kauai and discover the undeniable allure of Kauai.



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Kauai Highlights

East Side
Lihue is Kauai's county seat as 
well as the center for business 
and transportation.

Alekoko “Menehune” Fishpond 
Built more than 500 years ago, 
the Menehune Fishpond has 
been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973. 

Fern Grotto
This natural lava rock grotto 
was an exclusive destination 
for Hawaiian royalty . Open-air 
boats offer guided tours of 
the area . 

Grove Farm Homestead 
See how plantation owners 
and workers lived more than 
a century ago. 

Kalapaki Beach
With gentle waves and a 
sandy bottom, you’ll 
appreciate swimming 
at this beach.

Kauai Museum
The Kauai Museum is filled with 
treasures, showcasing art and 
Island history . It’s a great place to learn about Kaua‘i’s history.
Kilohana Plantation
This early 1900s plantation 
estate is a unique place 
to shop and dine. 

Lydgate Beach Park
This guarded beach is calm 
enough for keiki (children) and 
good for beginner snorkelers. 

Opaeka‘a Falls
Opaeka‘a means “rolling 
shrimp” and dates from days 
when swarms of shrimp were 
seen rolling in turbulent waters 
at the base of the falls.

Wailua Falls
Wailua Falls is located at the 
southern end of Wailua River . 
Used in the opening credits of 
the TV show, Fantasy Island, 
Wailua Falls is easily 

Wailua River 
Meandering down the tranquil 
Wailua River, you’ll see why 
East Kaua‘i is known as the 
Royal Coconut Coast. 
North Shore
The grandeur of Kauai's North 
Shore is revealed from the 
picture-perfect Hanalei Valley 
Lookout . The small, peaceful 
town of Hanalei is filled with 
colorful shops, restaurants 
and unique art galleries . 
Hanalei Valley Lookout
Scenic overlook of Hanalei 
Valley and taro fields. 

Kilauea Lighthouse
This historic landmark 
provides scenic views of 
Kaua‘i’s dramatic cliffs and 
coastline . The Kilauea Point 
National Wildlife Refuge is 
just around the bend, bringing 
Hawai‘i’s rare and unique 
nesting seabirds close to view.

Wai'oli Mission House Museum
Take a guided tour of this 
early missionary home, which 
includes historical furnishings 
and depicts rural life on Kaua‘i 
as it was 160 years ago. 

South Shore
Koloa was Hawai‘i’s first 
productive sugar plantation, 
established back in 1835 . Large 
monkeypod trees provide ample 
shade for those who want to 
browse Koloa’s many shops 
and stores.

Koloa Heritage Trail 
Koloa Heritage Trail is a 
14-stop, self-guided 10-mile 
walk, bike ride or drive tour of 
the area’s most important 
cultural, historical and 
geological sites.

Poipu Beach Park
The inviting waters of Poipu 
make it very popular with 
visitors, locals and even 
marine life. 

Spouting Horn Park
The Poipu surf channels into 
a natural lava tube and 
releases a spout of water 
up to 60-feet high during 
large swells. 

Tunnel of Trees 
The eucalyptus trees that line 
Maluhia Road were planted a 
century ago and their branches 
form a leafy ceiling over the 
entrance to Koloa and Poipu.
West Side
Hanapepe lays claim to many 
fine art galleries . Friday night is Art Night, with galleries open for browsing and shopping. 

Kalalau Valley Lookout
A 4,000-foot overlook presents 
the Kalalau Valley where the 
majestic Napali Coast rises 
from the sea. 

Koke‘e State Park 
Koke‘e State Park 
encompasses more than 
4,000 acres on a high plateau 
covered in forest, sprinkled with wild flowers and crisscrossed with hiking trails . 

Napali Coast
The majestic Napali Coast 
draws visitors from around 
the world eager to witness its 
unique, natural beauty.

Waimea Canyon State Park
This massive canyon provides 
stunning views of Kaua‘i’s 
lush valleys and tropical 
forest canopies. 

Botanical Gardens
Abounding in natural 
vegetation, Kaua’i also has 
several gardens which are 
open to the public for a small 
fee . Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical 
Gardens in Kilauea, Smith’s 
Tropical Paradise at Wailua, 
Moir Gardens at Kiahuna 
Plantation in Poipu and the 
National Tropical Botanical 
Garden located on both the 
Northern and Southern ends 
of Kauai. 

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