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Things You Need to Know About Kauai

Any visitor to the Hawaiian Islands will tell you that each island is special, and though they have the same past, every island is different, and has its own unique features, charm, and the little things that make it special. Often, visitors will fall head over heels for one island, and make that their preferred vacation destination. The only way to truly discover which island is your favorite is to spend a good amount of time on each, exploring and taking everything in, and helping you to find the things that makes each special.

The more you know about an island, the better, and whether you find out prior to your trip or you discover while visiting, gaining an insider’s knowledge will help you to better understand the important things about the destination and help to develop a connection. Kauai is a very special place, and developing a connection with the island takes almost no time at all. From the incredible, natural beauty to the easy-going way of life and charm, you’ll fall for Kauai quickly, and will be planning your next trip before you know it.

As the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, there is so much to know about Kauai, dating all the way back to the creation of the island and reaching all the way to modern day Hawaii. Before your trip, take some time to get to know the island with our things you need to know about Kauai and begin to develop your connection with the island.

Things to Know About Kauai:

  • Prior to the unification of the Hawaii Islands, Princeville was the capital city of Kauai.
  • There are thousands of wild chickens roaming the island, many set free by Hurrican Iniki back in 1992.
  • Mt. Waialeale averages about 460 inches of rainfall each year, making it one of the wettest places on Earth.
  • Captain James Cook landed on Kauai in 1778, becoming the first European to discover Hawaii.
  • Kauai and Ni’iahu were the last of the islands to be conquered by King Kamehameha the Great during his reign and unification of the islands.
  • Most of Hawaii’s Taro grows in the Hanalei Valley on Kauai’s North Shore, with about 60% of the total production coming from Hanalei.
  • The Na Pali Coast encompasses 6,175 acres on Northwestern Kauai and features sea cliffs that rise over 400 feet above the ocean below.
  • The island is a often used in films and television, acting as the backdrop for far off places and tropical destinations. Notably, it has been featured in Lilo & Stitch, Jurassic Park, King Kong, Tropic Thunder, Blue Hawaii, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
  • Of the 111 miles of island coastline, more than 50% are sandy beachfronts.
  • The state bird of Hawaii is the Nene Goose, and Kauai has the largest population of the protected bird.
  • Nearly 70% of the island is inaccessible by foot, keeping the island largely undeveloped.

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