Once a “high island” like Maui and Hawaii, Kaua‛i has eroded over the eons into broad valleys, windswept escarpments, and low, steep mountains.  As the northerly of Hawaii’s eight main islands, Kaua‛i is the first to feel the rain bearing northeast trade winds that prevail at this latitude most of the year.

Although Kaua‛i is by far Hawaii’s greenest island, it also has a “dry side” whose most prominent feature is the remarkable Waimea Canyon.  Despite this colorful fissure, however, Kauai's most enduring image is of densely forested mountains descending steeply from the clouds to verdant valleys.

Residents and the more than one million visitors each year are largely confined to a coastal strip that stretches from Barking Sands on the dry west side to Kee Beach in lush Haena.  From the dry plains of the west side, a great expanse of sugar cane blankets the island all the way to Anahola on the east.  On Kauai’s south side, a world-class resort community has developed at Poipu.  Past lihue along the coastal highway, the rapidly growing communities of Wailua and Kapaa seem to be merging into one large resort town.

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