The island of Kauai is the west end of the Hawaiian Islands, and the only island west of Honolulu. Volcanic Kauai is known as the garden isle. Kawaikini is the highest mountain at over five thousand feet high, closely followed by Mount Wai’Ale’Ale in the center of the island, a must see for tourists on Kauai holidays.
The original Polynesian settlers brought chickens to Kauai for food, and now the island is covered with wild chickens. Agriculture is still important in this fertile island, where a variety of crops are cultivated. The Kauai Heritage Center of Hawaiian Culture holds Hawaiian language and native crafts classes. Inter-island cruises departing from Honolulu stop at Kauai. The Lihu’e Airport on the east end of Kauai has frequent daily flights to Honolulu plus nonstop service to American cities. Public transportation in Kauai is operated by Roberts Hawaii.
The Na Pali Coast State Park covers over six thousand acres on the northwest side, a popular recreation area with hiking trails and watersports. Hanalei Bay is the largest bay on the north coast, with two miles of beach surrounded by mountains. Lihu’e on the southeast coast is the capital of Kauai, and six miles north of it is the town of Kapa’a. The town of Waimea is on the southwest side, near the Waimea Canyon State Park. The canyon is about three thousand feet deep. The Koke’e State Park is just north of the Waimea Canyon, on a high lush plateau with several hiking trails and home to a lot of Hawaiian wildlife.
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