Kauai, HI is one of my favorite places on the planet. It is peaceful and exotic. Every day is a new adventure on Kauai. The “Garden Isle” is fourth largest island but only has 62,640 people living on it. To keep the beauty of the island focused on the island, you won't ever see the tall skyscrapers of the big city on Kauai. The Kauai's Building Code dictates that “no building shall be taller than a Coconut Palm” that means no buildings over 4 stories tall.
Kauai and Niihau, at 5 million years, are the oldest of the main high islands of the Hawaiian Islands. Only 10 percent of Kauai is accessible by car. So to see it all you must hike, travel by water, or air.
Within driving distance, you can go from sandy beaches, thick jungles, to the arid desert.
I love waking up early in the morning to hike out to see the sun rise over the ocean and in the evening watching the sun set on the other side of the island.
There are sights to see for every level of activity. There are waterfalls like the Opaeka’a Falls ( Highway 56) that are easily spotted with a short walk. For the more advanced hiker, take one of the helicopter tours to the Na Pali Coast or drive to see Waimea Canyon sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” because it is over 2500 feet deep.
My time in Kauai was a week, but it felt like it was too short. I would love to explore more of Kauai's 111 miles of coastline.
It is one of the rare places that I daydream about retiring to and spending my retirement years in a beach bungalow, raising chickens, and maybe taking up paddle boarding. Because the average temperature is pretty warm 75˚ – 85˚F but not too hot, it is perfect for an afternoon swim or sleeping on the lanai.
Kauai doesn't have the fast pace like some of the other islands. It is fairly slow, even a little sleepy. There are a few areas that are a bit more populated, but the islands is mostly inhabited. However, Kauai is home to the legendary Menehune. I love the story of the mythical race of tiny people who were said at night to construct beautiful fish ponds, landscaping sculptures, and lagoons.
Mt. Waialeale is the wettest above water place on Earth because it rains about 397 inches at year. With all that water, no wonder Kauai is an island filled with lush gardens, tropical forests, waterfalls, and the best hidden swimming spots.
Kauai is always on my list of return trips. The food, the adventures, and the incredible beaches make Kauai my Go-To travel destination.