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Kauai Destinations

Hawaii’s oldest and most scenic island

Estimated to be more than five million years old, Kaua‘i is the oldest Hawaiian island—though it’s aged very well. The island lives up to its nickname, “The Garden Island,” with verdant mountains, lush rain forests and some of the most enchanting spots you’ll ever see.

Room to Move. Of the four counties in the state, Kauai’s is the least populated, with just over 63,000 residents. This yields a mere 114 people per square mile. The island itself is 552 square miles with 90 miles of coastline. Read More ↓


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Fast Facts

  • Kauai’s official flower is the mokihana, or green berry. Grown on the slopes of Mount Wai‘ale‘ale, this tiny pea-like berry is used with maile to make leis.
  • The island’s official color is purple.

Did You Know?

  • The neighboring island of Ni‘ihau is considered part of Kaua‘i County. Ni‘ihau is home to about 250 residents, most of whom are pure Hawaiians.
  • Averaging 466 inches of rain per year, 5,080-foot Mount Wai‘ale‘ale is considered the wettest spot on earth.
  • Sugar, papayas, taro and guava are grown commercially on the island.
  • Kaua‘i is a popular setting for Hollywood blockbusters. Some of the movies filmed on the island include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Tears of the Sun, Honeymoon in Vegas, King Kong, Blue Hawai‘i and South Pacific.

 

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