Kauai — The Garden Island

The Friendly Garden Island of Kauai basks amidst the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu. Formed some 6 million years ago, the island is approximately 550 square miles and is the geologically oldest and northernmost of the main Hawaiian Islands. It is home to Mount Waialeale, known as the wettest spot on the planet. With a population of 56,000, Kauai is known as the “Garden Island.”

Kauai’s temperate climate sees summer temperatures near 90ºF and enjoys winter evening temperatures in the 60s. Rainfall varies from 40 inches to 440 at Mount Waialeale. The island is known for its breath taking beauty, and has been the backdrop for several major films, including; South Pacific, Blue Hawaii, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Jurassic Park.

To visit Kauai is to quickly lose yourself in the quiet majesty of the island’s lush tropical setting and extraordinary natural surroundings. Discover the beauty and Aloha Spirit that abounds in this tropical Garden Island paradise!

Fish swim in a freshwater pond at the Pono Kai Resort.
A rainbow stretches across the sky over a panoramic view of the island of Kauai.

Did you know that 80% of Kauai is inaccessible? That means that some of the most spectacular sights can only be seen from the air. The best way to see the island up close and personal is by helicopter. The major highlights of the island are spread out, and it takes a minimum of 60 minutes so see them.

Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific), Na Pali Coast (the fastest eroding coast in the world), and Mt. Wai’ale (the wettest spot on Earth) are just few of the sights you can experience.

Kauai is the only Hawaiian Island with navigation rivers and waterways. You can take a riverboat cruise up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto, or kayak to a trail and hike to a hidden waterfall. You can even hire a ski boat and do a little water skiing!

There are a variety of luaus and special events that take place around the island, depending on the time of year you are going to visit; farmers markets, craft shows, historical sites, beaches to explore, hotels to visit, and plenty of shopping.

Aerial view of Pono Kai Resort on the Pacific Ocean coast of Kapaʻa Kauai, Hawaii.
Map of the island of Kauai.