Nickname: The Garden Isle.
Principal Airport: Lihue airport. Provides interisland service,
including regular 25-minute flights to and from Honolulu.
Major resort areas:
Princeville and the North Shore: A 45-minute drive from Lihue
airport, the area includes mountain scenery, the Na Pali Coast and
Hanalei Bay and valley.
Royal Coconut Coast: About 10 miles north of Lihue airport, this
coastal area, named for its acres of ancient coconut groves, was
once the favorite spot of Hawaiian royalty.
Kalapaki Beach Resort: Stretching along the southeastern coast,
close to Lihue airport and Nawiliwili Harbor, Kalapaki combines the
best of old and new Kauai and is a preferred spot for swimming,
surfing and fishing.
Poipu Beach Resort: A 30-minute drive south of Lihue airport,
the area has spectacular beaches for swimming, snorkeling and other
water sports. Its numerous resort properties range from
bed-and-breakfasts to luxury hotels.
Climate: Kauai has near-perfect weather all year, with daytime
temperatures averaging from the mid-70s to mid-80s, and constant
Geography: Hawaii's northernmost and oldest island, geologically
speaking, Kauai is the fourth-largest of the Hawaiian islands.
Nearly circular in shape, it is 25 miles long by 33 miles wide and
encompasses 533 square miles.
Population: About 50,000 people, mostly along the coastal
Kauai has many natural wonders but the best known are the
3,567-foot-deep Waimea Canyon, which stretches 14 miles across the
western end of Kauai and is often referred to as the Grand Canyon
of the Pacific, and the Na Pali Coast, with cliffs rising from the
ocean floor to 3,000 feet above the sea.