Facts About Kauai

Facts About Kauai:

15 Facts All Kauai Travelers Should Know

Here is quick look at the facts about Kauai. When planning a vacation to the Garden Island, it’s good to understand what makes Kauai unique. Learn the facts about Kauai to help plan for the vacation of a lifetime!

1: Population: 70,000+ (Estimates 2014) – Most of the islands interior is only navigable by foot, kayak or helicopter. Majority of Kauai’s residents live within a few miles of the ocean. Kapaa is the largest ‘city’ at around 10,000 people

2: State Bird: Nene – Nene is a native goose to Hawaii. These birds are similar in size and body shape to a Canadian goose. Populations have dramatically increased over the past thirty years due to Federal Reserve protection areas. Visiting the Kilauea Lighthouse Refuge is the best way to view these beautiful birds.


3: County Flower: Mokihana (Rosa damascena) – Actually not a flower at all. The Mokihana is a green berry that grows on the slopes of the wettest place on earth (Mt.Waialeale).

4: Highest Point: Kawaikini Peak (5,243 feet) – Kawaikini is the highest peak on the south side of Mt. Waialeale crater (only accessible by Kauai helicopter tours)

5: Land Mass: 552.3 Square Miles – Kauai is the forth largest island of the eight main Hawaiian islands. Most maps don’t include the entire Hawaiian island archipelago. The Hawaiian island chain is made up 132 islands, shoals and atolls that spread over 1200 miles.

6: Proximity In Hawaii: Kauai and Niihau are considered the northwest islands. They are 100 miles apart from the rest of the eight main Hawaiian islands. The Kauai channel separates the northwest islands from Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Hawaii (Big Island), and kahoolawe. Kauai and Niihau lack protection other islands receive from being closely grouped.

7: Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours) – There is no daylight savings time in Hawaii. The time stays the same all year

  • West Coast USA : 3 hours behind (daylight savings : 2 hours behind)
  • East Coast USA : 6 hours behind (daylight savings : 5 hours behind)
  • Europe : 10-12 hours behind

8: Kauai’s Nickname: The ‘Garden Island’ – Kauai is known as the Garden Island due to the lush tropical landscapes. Much of the island is contiguous forest. For this reason the majority of Kauai is green.


9: County Seat: Lihue – Mayor Bernard Carvalho

10: Island Color: Purple

11: Languages: English, Hawaiian, Pidgin

12: Currency: USD

13: Average Air Temperature: 75-85 degrees F – The temperature follows the seasons of the northern hemisphere, but only changes slightly throughout the year. Warm clothes are only needed for traveling into the mountains or on doors off helicopter tours.

14: Ocean Temperatures: 72-80 degrees F – The ocean is always inviting in Kauai. Be careful!!! The waters around Kauai can be dangerous. For more info visit our Kauai Ocean Safety information

15: Industry: Tourism is the largest economy. Hawaii was an agricultural economy from the eighteen hundreds through the late sixties. Sugar cane and pineapple were the primary exports. When Hawaii joined the United States labor costs dramatically increased. Sugar cane production slowly disappeared from the sixties through the nineties.

A Few More Interesting Facts About Kauai

Hollywood On Kauai: Kauai has set the scene for many great Hollywood productions 

  • Jurassic World (2014)
  • The Descendants (2013)
  • Soul Surfer (2011)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2011)
  • Tropic Thunder (2008),
  • A Perfect Getaway (2008)
  • Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
  • George of the Jungle (1997)
  • Outbreak (1995)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
  • Hook (1991)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Fantasy Island (1979-1982)
  • King Kong (1976)
  • Donovan’s Reef (1963)
  • Blue Hawaii (1961)
  • South Pacific (1958)

and many more….

Use these facts about Kauai to get a better understanding of what makes the Garden Island special! Have more questions visit ActivityKauai.com 24/7 or call 1-800-380-KAUAI (5282).


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