Kauai’i (pronounced “Kau-y-ee”) is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called the “Garden Isle,” which is an entirely accurate description. The island 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.
Kauai is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain. As the oldest of the islands, it has been changed the most by the forces of erosion, and this has resulted in natural wonders such as Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. Some parts of Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, revealing views beyond your imagination. It has over 65,000 people living here. It is located on the northwestern tip of the 6 major Hawaiian islands chain: Oahu, Moloka’i, Lana’i, Mau’i, and Hawai’i’s Big Island.
- Kaua’i is the oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands (5 million years).
- Kauai, has more sandy beaches than most other Hawaiian islands, with nearly 45% of its coastline is virtually deserted.
- Rising steeply to 3,000 feet, Mt. Waialeale is the world’s wettest place with rainfall exceeding 430 inches of rain pouring on its peak annually.
- Kauai is a photographers dream and has been the location for many big screen movies from Blue Hawaii (Elvis Presley) to Jurassic Park.
- At 3,000 feet (914 m) deep, Waimea Canyon is often referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”.
Kauai’s hotels, resorts and (most) condos offer world-class amenities and ample opportunities for wellness and rejuvenation. Indulge in some of Kauai’s finest restaurants, spas, and golf courses. Kauai’s resorts are also minutes from the island’s best beaches.
There are 5 major resort destinations on Kauai. Each area offers its own diverse environments, communities, activities, sites and accommodation types. You’ll find everything from budget hotels to five-star resorts in the areas of the North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu) and West Side (Waimea). No matter where you visit on Kauai, 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 and discover the undeniable allure of Kauai.
Learn more about each of the different areas and lodging options offered on Kauai by selecting any of the following:
LODGING ON KAUAI
Plan your trip during one of Kauai’s many annual special events. Experience one-of-a-kind festivals, cultural performances and musical events throughout the year on Kauai. To discover all Kauai events, be sure to explore our calendar of events.
Here are some not to miss celebrations:
Taste of Hawaii (June)
Hawaii Sand Castle/Art Contest (June)
Koloa Plantation Days (July)
Paradise Ride Kauai (August)
Hawaii Healing Garden Festival (September)
Kauai Aloha Festivals (September)
Coconut Festival (October)
TriKauai Costume Sprint Triathlon with 5/10 K event (October)
Garden Island Range and Food Festival (November)
Like the rest of Hawaii, Kauai is a place where rice is the staple starch, although it was never eaten by the indigenous people; where the classic plate lunch – entree, mac salad, two scoops rice – may be built around anything from fried chicken to kal bi ribs and saimen noodles to loco moco (a scoop of rice, topped with a beef patty, gravy and a fried egg); the plate lunch is ubiquitous in Kauai. From budget to fine dining, here are a list of some of the popular Kauai dining options:
Kalaheo Cafe and Coffee in Lihue
Pho Kauai in Lihue
Bubba Burger, 3 locations: Kapaa, Hanalei, and Poipu
Aloha Kauai Pizza in Kapa’a
Koloa Fish Market in Koloa
Monicos Taqueria in Kapaa
BarAcuda in Hanalei
Beach House Restaurant in Koloa
Kauai offers shopping throughout the island, from small shops in small towns to retail malls. Stores offer many made-in-Hawaii items to take home including aloha wear, Hawaiian jewelry and art.
For “Kauai Made” products, seek out the Kauai Made logo, sponsored by the County. The seal designates products made on-island by Kauai-based businesses or by individuals using Kauai materials.
The Coconut Marketplace – a variety of fun shops, fine jewelry and boutiques
Kinipopo Shopping Village
Lihue and the Kalapaki areas – country stores, unique shops and sunshine (or “farmers’”) markets
Poipu Shopping Village
Old Koloa Town – made in Kauai crafts including the coveted Niihau shell lei
Eleele Shopping Center
Hanapepe area – known for artists and galleries
Kauai’s scenic landscapes includes some Hawaii’s most incredible natural wonders, offering a variety of land adventures including hiking, horseback riding and zip lining to water adventures; sail, surf, kayak, snorkel and even go mountain tubing. What ever it is your adventurous side is desiring, Kauai has something for every type of tourist. of sights to explore including.
Go big and sail the Napali Coast or kayak on the Wailua River. Take it easy and golf on a resort course or take a leisure hike on the trails of Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park. Explore Kauai’s historic places and learn about Hawaii’s culture, from attending a local festival to enjoying hula at an authentic luau. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic sunset on Poipu Beach or zip lining through the island’s lush valleys, Kauai is a tropical playground waiting to be explored. For adventures, getaways, vacation packages and day activities, be sure to contact us today for more details, quote and bookings.
Though Kauai’s climate is tropical, it actually consists of many distinct micro climates, including sunny dry areas, lush river valleys, temperate foothills and high mountain rain forests. Most of the year, temperatures on Kauai range in the 70s, with winter nighttime lows in the 60s. Summers on Kauai bring daytime temperatures in the mid-80s and nighttime lows in the 70s.