FAQs Kauai

When you are planning your vacation to the Kauai Islands we are sure you have many questions to ask.

We have answered the most common questions asked about the Islands of Hawaii.

Tour Map of Kauai Island

Explore Kauai by region: North ShoreEast Side (Coconut Coast)LihueSouth ShoreWest Side.

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Island Highlights

- Napali Coast: Take an air tour or a boat tour to witness the towering cliffs along Kauai’s North Shore.
- Waimea Canyon: Enjoy the panoramic views of “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”
- Wailua River: Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii and Wailua is one of the most popular.
- Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse: Visit this beautiful scenic point at the northernmost tip of the island.
- Kauai Beaches: From Poipu on the South Shore to Hanalei Bay on the North Shore, explore Kauai’s amazing beaches.

Meaning of Hawaii What does Hawaii mean?
Hawaii is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands (also known as the Big Island) and is the name of the 50th State in the USA which is a collection of 8 islands – Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Koho’olawe, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni'ihau. Many believe the name Hawai’i was adapted from the name Hawaiki, the name for a mythical homeland of all Polynesians. Others believe it is a variation of a South Pacific island Raiatea, which was called Havaii at the time of migration.

Time difference in Hawaii What is the time difference from the continental US?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

Airports in Hawaii Where is the main airport on Kauai Island?
Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer direct service to Kauai. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then heading to Kauai.

Hawaii car rental Do I need a car to get around Kauai Island?
It’s possible to get around Kauai by shuttle, tour bus, taxi or public transportation system, but to really experience Kauai, you should consider renting a car.

Hotels and resorts in Hawaii Where are the major hotel and resort areas on Kauai Island?
There are five major resort destinations on Kauai: North Shore (Princeville), East Side(Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).

Passport requirements Hawaii Do I need my passport to get to Kauai Island?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

Dress for Hawaii What should I pack on my trip to Kauai Island?
It’s warm on Kauai, so pack your summer attire. You may want to pack a light, waterproof jacket or sweater for the evenings. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. You also might want to bring a rain poncho for hiking trails in Kauai’s tropical rain forests. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing some fine dining. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here.

Travelers checks in Hawaii Must I take traveler's checks?
Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are everywhere. Don’t worry if you forget something. Stores and malls have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.

When to visit Hawaii When is a good time to visit Kauai Island?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Kauai. The average temperature ranges between 84 and 69 degrees. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Whale watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April.

Kona Airport distances How can I get hiking/permit information on Kauai?:
Please call the State Parks office at 808-274-3444 where you can obtain a hiking and camping permit for the State parks (Kalalau and Kokee). If you are interested in obtaining a camping permit in one of the County parks, please call the County Parks office at 808-241-4463.

Kauai bird watching Where can I go bird watching on Kauai?:
For a nominal entry fee, the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge (at the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse) is a uniquely special setting for bird lovers. Framed by breathtaking views of Kauai’s North Shore, Hawaii’s endangered birds can be seen nesting in the cliffs, including the Hawaiian Gallinule, red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, albatrosses and frigate birds.

Hilo airport distances How far is it from Lihue Airport (LIH) to:
Hanapepe: 30 minutes
Kalalau Lookout: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Koloa: 25 minutes
Poipu: 30 minutes
Princeville: 1 hour
Wailua: 15 minutes
Waimea Canyon: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Hawaii phone area code What is the telephone area code for Hawaii Island?
The area code for the State of Hawaii is (808).

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