Kauai — Garden of Scenic Wonders

Kauai is famed for its diverse and scenic wonders. These include the 3,567 foot deep Waimea Canyon, stretching 14 miles across the western end of the island and often called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and the 3,000 foot high mountain cliffs that rise from the ocean floor to form the magnificent, unspoiled Napali Coast best viewed from the air or the sea. There are a number of other differences that make Kauai unique from its sister islands.

No structure can be built over four stories high, approximately the height of a mature coconut palm. Kauai has 43 white sand beaches, more beach per mile of coastline than the other islands and boasts the only navigable rivers in Hawaii.

Kauai at a glance

Principal City: Lihue
Summit: Mount Kawaikini, 5,243 ft.
Land Mass: 533 sq. miles
Flower: Mokihana
Colour: Purple
Nickname: The Garden Island
Population: 58,463 (2000)
Tourist Information Kauai:
Kauai Visitors Bureau, 4334 Rice Street, Suite 101, Lihue, HI 96766

Kauai has been the film location site for more than 60 major motion picture and television films, including classics such as South Pacific and Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley, and more recently, Jurassic Park III, Lilo & Stitch and To End All Wars.

Four of the top ten golf courses in the state of Hawaii are located on Kauai, one of which is ranked in Golf Digest's "100 Greatest Courses in America."

The largest coffee plantation in Hawaii is the Kauai Coffee Company's 4,000-acre Kauai Estate Plantation. 62% of Hawaii's taro production is grown on 200 acres in Hanalei, on the north shore. The National Tropical Botanical Garden is headquartered at Lawai, Kauai. With 480 acres of guava orchards under commercial cultivation, Guava Kai Plantation in Kilauea, Kauai, is the undisputed Guava Capital of the World.