There are many traits to Kauai that make it quite the unique island out of all the eight islands Hawaii has to offer. Kauai dates back nearly 5.1 million years making it one of the oldest islands in the state.
Kauai is located nearly 105 miles across the Kauai Channel, northwest of Oahu. Due to the fact that 97% of the island is used for conservation and agriculture, Kauai is the most unoccupied out of all the islands. Its coastline is filled with picturesque beaches unlike any other in the state and many deep valleys, canyons and waterfalls. You can locate hidden beaches and beautiful mountain scenery and the north shore of the island as well as many different shopping and dining options. The northern area of the island is the most popular because some of the most remarkable beaches out of the whole state can be found here. Kauai’s south shore has the best weather in the county even when it is winter.
Lihue is the seat of the Kauai county and the biggest city on this island. On the southwestern side of the island is Waimea that used to be the capital of the island. This town is the first place that the explorer Captain James Cook visited in 1778. You can locate the town on the Waimea River thats flow is formed by one of its most beautiful canyons, 3000 deep Waimea Canyon. It is definitely a must see sight on the island which is why it is called “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” The most famous part of Kauai, on the other hand is the neighboring Kokee State Park, which can only truly be experienced by going down one of the trails that cross the parks. Kauai has been used as a popular spot for filming plenty of movies or for the use of the Garden Isle as a backdrop in many such as Lilo and Stitch, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Dragonfly, Mighty Joe Young, Outbreak, Six Days Seven Nights, The Thorn Birds, and Hook. All of the beautiful cliffs and jungle scenery from these movies has been shot here.
Due to the fact that 90% of the island cannot be reached by road makes Kauai truly a treasure waiting to be discovered. Most of the scenic and picturesque parts of the island have no road at all and the locals do their best to keep it that way. The roads that the island does have stretch around it from the northwest coast, starting at Ke’e Beach, then along the eastern coast and then around to the west coast. The end of the road heads north up to the edges of Waimea and Koke’e State Park and overlooks the unapproachable Na Pali coast on the west side of the island. One of the most known characteristic about Kauai is the Building Code. Locals here believe that no building or house should be larger than a palm tree! This is why they only believe in four story structures.
Kauai has plenty of opportunities of all sorts for its newcomers! When you feel that you are ready to start experiencing them all, get to packing and start planning out your move!