Kauai Travel Guide

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Kauai Overview

Often known by its nickname of “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is the fourth-largest of the main islands of Hawaii and is the oldest of all of them. This is a lush tropical landscape that has been changed drastically over the years by the forces of nature, but also contains more sandy beaches than any other island in the Hawaiian chain, although those beaches are being threatened considerably by the global warming issues that have been reducing the beaches of Hawaii at such a rapid pace that it has its residents growing alarmed. Even so, the island's interior contains such natural wonders as the Waimea Canyon, Lydgate State Park, and the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge. Between the beaches and the natural beauty of this island, you couldn't ask for more in terms of pure perfection.

Koke’e State Park is home to the Waimea Canyon, which is a 10 mile long, one mile wide canyon that was formed over hundreds of thousands of years, and is quite possibly one of the most amazing sights an individual will ever see in their lifetime. Beyond that, however, are things like the Na Pali Coast, with beaches that are only accessible by boat, hikers, or helicopter. The towns themselves are relatively small, but there are a few main ones, primarily Kapa’a along the Coconut Coast, which is the main center, as well as Lihu’e and Po’ipu, which is where most of the beaches are located. The resorts are mostly located in Princeville. Meanwhile, people wanting to get a cultural experience should head out to Kilauea or Hanalei, perfect representations of the true Hawaiian culture.

Many people consider Kauai to be different than the rest of the Hawaiian Islands because it is still fairly indigenous in nature, and is less Americanized than the rest of the islands, and with the natural beauty that the island boasts it’s a great way to simply get away from it all while still being in the comfort of a Westernized region.

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