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                      Kaua'i

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Kauai's dramatic North Shore is a delightful area of rugged mountains, lush taro fields, secluded beaches and spectacular cliffs. Some areas are only accessible by boat, helicopter or strenuous hiking.

Historic Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point lighthouse is a wildlife sanctuary and a scenic spot during whale watching season.

 

Kilauea is a former plantation town that has now become a refuge for the rich and famous.

A wide assortment of people live in pretty Hanalei including  old-timers, itinerant surfers, and celebrities.

The historic Hanalei Pier was built in 1892. Used as a setting in "South Pacific," it still serves as a gathering place for local residents who fish, swim, surf, camp and play music.

There are several caves along the northern coast such as this one at Ha'ena.

 

During Kauai's frequent rainfalls, waterfalls spring up on the slopes nourishing verdant vegetation.

A challenging journey, which includes driving across flooded roads, is the trip to the end of the northern highway.

The 11-mile Kalalau Trail is considered the most famous and challenging in Hawaii. With switch-backs and stream crossings it accesses dramatic Na Pali.

Hiking the first two miles yields a view of remote Ke'e Beach in one direction and Na Pali in the other.

Spanning 17 miles along the North Shore, the Na Pali Coast is a sacred place.

 

The displays in Kapa'a Town attest to the unique Hawaiian culture, language and spirit.
 

Wailua Falls is a 173 foot waterfall located near Lihue that feeds into the Wailua River. 

Opakeaa Falls in Wailua River State Park  is a 151–foot waterfall that flows over volcanic basalt. Hiking trails lead to a pool at the bottom.

On the Wailua River, the only navigable river in Hawaii, there is an opportunity to travel the 20-mile waterway by canoe or kayak and visit a reproduction of a traditional Hawaiian village.

    

Kauai was the last island to join the Kingdom of Hawaii. The class system with its ruling ali'is gave way to economic and political transformations.

 

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This site was last updated 01/16/19