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 six 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".
The temperate climate sees summer
temperatures near 90 and enjoys winter evening temperatures in the 60's.
Rainfall varies from 40 inches to 440 at Mount Waialeale. The island
is known for its breath taking beauty, and has been the back drop 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!
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Poipu Beach - on Kauai's sunny South
Shore, voted #1 by Dr. Beach!
Kekaha Beach - some of Kauai's longest
stretches of sandy beaches.
A secluded tropical stream at the
foot of Mt. Waialeale.
Hanalei Valley - tropical rivers,
lush mountains, and tarot fields.
Lumahai Beach - location of the
famous beach scene in "South Pacific."
Waimea Canyon - Mark Twain's "Grand
Canyon of the Pacific."
Tropical Rainbow - over the sleepy
hillside town of Kalaheo.
Ocean Rainbow over secluded Mahalepu
Poli Hale Beach - one of Kauai's
most popular beach parks.
Cloud-covered Mt. Waialeale - the
wettest spot on Earth!
Quick Facts About Hawaii:
Nickname: "The Aloha State"
Governor: Linda Lingle (R) (term
expires Dec. 2006)
Lt. Governor: James “Duke” Aiona
(R) (term expires Dec. 2006)
Senators: Daniel K. Inouye (D) (term
expires Dec. 2005; Daniel K. Akaka (D) (term expires January 2007)
Total Land Area:
Population: 1,244,898 (2002)
Organized as a Territory: 1900
Entered Union: August 21, 1959
State Motto: “Ua mau ke ea o ka
aina I ka pono” (“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”)
State Flower: Yellow Hibiscus
State Song: “Hawai‘i Pono‘i”
State Bird: Nene (Hawaiian goose)
State Tree: Kukui (candlenut)
State Mammal: Humpback whale