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Let's take a quick look at Hawaii as a whole before looking at Kauai.  Relative to all of the other states within the United States of America, Hawaii is quite unique.   Hawaii is the southernmost state and it is the only state where all of its citizens belong to a racial minority.  Yes, it is very racially mixed.  If America is the "melting pot" of the world, then Hawaii is the "melting pot" of America.  Hawaii has the most centralized government and is the only state with no municipalities.  It is also the only state that has a genuine "Royal Palace".  Hawaii's entire perimeter is coastline, all of its counties are separated by water and access is only by way of aircraft or ocean vessels.   It is the only state with no road or rail connections to any other state .... or other country.  There is no other place in the world with a permanent human population that is as remote from its nearest land mass (2,400 miles).  Since Kauai is a part of Hawaii, the uniqueness only continues there.

Kauai is an island in the Pacific Ocean located within the State of Hawaii.  Kauai County includes the islands of Kauai and Niihau, the two northernmost major islands of the Pacific chain, plus the tiny uninhabited islands of Kaula and Lehua.  Lihue, the County seat, is on Kauai's eastern side (as is the town of Kapaa) and they are approximately 103 statute miles from Honolulu.  This is a mere twenty-five minute jet flight from Honolulu International Airport.  Lihue is the center of major economic activities for the County and the location of the two most important transportation facilities, Lihue Airport, which handles most passenger arrivals to Kauai, and Nawiliwili Harbor, a deep water port.

Kauai is the third largest, but least populous of the four counties in Hawaii.   The Garden Island of Kauai is about 550 square (land) miles in area and is approximately 33 miles long by 25 miles wide. At the center of Kauai is Mount Waialeale with an elevation of over 5,000 feet.  Geologically, Kauai is the oldest of the major islands of Hawaii and was the site of the first Hawaii landing of Captain James Cook in 1778.

The climate on Kauai is what you might expect of a tropical Hawaiian Island.  It's great !!  It's really never too hot and never too cold.  During the Summer months the highs are usually in the upper 80 degree range  (that's Fahrenheit of course or around 32 degrees Celsius)  and the lows are in the 60's  (or 16 to 20 degrees Celsius).  During the Winter months the high range is from mid-60's to the mid-70's (about 18 to 24 degrees Celsius) and the lows can sometimes get to be just under 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius).  Generally speaking, the Southern & Western parts of the island are hotter and drier.  The popular Resort Area of Poipu is located on the south side of Kauai.  The North is wetter and quite a bit more lush with vegetation.  The North is also the location of Kauai's Best Beaches, as well as the Princeville Resort.  The Eastern side is in-between relative to weather and the bulk of Kauai's small population resides on this side of the island.  This side is the most commercialized of all of the areas and is also the location of the Wailua Resort area, also known as the Coconut Coast of Kauai. 
In addition to to the Wailua Resort area, the east side has the County seat, which is the City of Lihue.

Unfortunately, with growth comes infrastructure problems.  In an effort to keep growth at a slower pace the local government has been very slow at upgrading or developing the future needed systems to sustain the growth that eventually arrives. Once this has happened the government's only choice is to continually play catch-up, which is what has been going on all over Kauai. The areas of Kauai that are the most populated or commercialized will suffer more for the lack of efficient systems to keep everything running smoothly. This is both good and bad. The good part is that .. it is a way of slowing growth. The bad part is that .. the population (and visitors) must put up with and accept those inefficiencies. There are multiple examples of this, but the most visible is the current traffic delays due to heavy congestion. The government has not updated or built the needed roadways and highways to support the growth.  They are playing catch up, but that is even quite slow. Again, that is good or bad, depending on your perspective. Click HERE to see what is being done is select areas of Kauai. 

Rich in foliage and open spaces, diverse in tropical vegetation, Kauai serves as the perfect setting for a myriad of recreational and leisure activities.  Our sunny beaches beckon you to bask, walk or shell.  Our pristine and warm ocean waters invite you to dive, swim, fish and sail.  Our mountains offer hiking, hunting, horseback riding, and trips back in time to the days of old.  Our sparkling rivers and streams provide water skiing, kayaking, canoeing and a breathtaking excursion to our famous Fern Grotto.  Many movies with South Seas settings have been shot on location on Kauai.   You may have even seen one or two of them.  Here is a short list for you to check .....

South Pacific,  Thorn Birds,  Raiders of the Lost Ark, Throw Mama From The Train, Outbreak, 6 Days/7 Nights,  Jurassic Park,  The Lost World: Jurassic Park,  Honeymoon in Vegas, Last Flight of Noah's Ark,  Uncommon Valor,  King Kong,  Blue Hawaii, George of the Jungle, Mighty Joe Young, Hook.

Tourism has developed into a leading industry on Kauai in recent years.   Diversified agriculture and government employment are also significant.  The movie making is a great benefit to Kauai, but it is not yet one of the leading industries.

Kauai is also a very healthy place to reside, whether you are here for a week or for a lifetime. There are many, many reasons and we would enjoy hearing your reasons, if you have any. Please send us an email and if we feel they are deserving, we will add them to our website. In the meantime, click HERE to look at our list, with additions from others that have added items from their experience. 

Becoming a part of this island is not in what you see and do.  Understanding the essence of this magical paradise is found only in your heart.  The sparkle in the eyes of the true islanders and their friendly easy smile is a reflection of an attitude that is the spirit of the islands.  Kauai changes the way one looks at life and it transforms the soul.  Embrace Kauai and she will enchant you.  The true treasures of paradise will unfold right before you.

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