The last Hawaiian island that we visited was Kauai. It is the northernmost island in the archipelago, as well as the oldest–some sites say 5.8 million, other say over 6 million years old, I say potato, potahto! We stayed there the longest of all three islands–and for good reason, there was a lot to see and do!
But before I get into our activities, I thought I’d share some fun/interesting facts about Kauai! My sources can be found here, here, and here. For full disclosure, I pretty much just copied and pasted the points–so do check out the source sites because I will be ignoring any and all accusations of plagiarism!
- Known as the Garden Isle, it is the fourth largest island and has a population of about 65,000 people.
- Kauai covers 552.3 square miles of land and is so small it is measured in acres = 401,280 in total.
- Kauai’s coastline is 111 miles and over 50% of those miles are sandy beaches.
- Over 97% of the land on Kauai is used for conservation and agriculture.
- 70% of the island is inaccessible by foot
- Kauai Coffee is the largest coffee plantation in the United States.
- Kauai grows more taro than any other island.
- Some of the cliffs along the spectacular Napali Coast reach heights of 2,500 feet.
- More than 60 movies and tv shows have filmed on Kauai.
- Kauai is the legendary home of the Menehune, a mythical race of very small people who performed legendary feats of construction and engineering.
- By law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a coconut palm tree.
- Kauai has the only navigable rivers in the state of Hawaii.
- Kauai’s official color is purple and the official flower is Mokihana.
- It has 7 (yes–7!) microclimates throughout the island.
- Mount Waialeale (elevation 5,148 ft) is one of the wettest spots on Earth, averaging about 450 inches of rain each year!