Kauai Quick Facts

Kauai has several amazing National Parks, historical sites, waterfalls, rivers, and cliffs. Aloha wear is acceptable everywhere, an aloha shirt or a muumuu (Hawaiian style dress) while you're in the islands.

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.


Island Facts

Airports: Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue.

Kauai Island Resort Areas: There are five major resort destinations on Kauai: North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea).

Capital City: Lihue

Population: 62,640

Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Languages: English, Hawaiian

Currency: US Dollar. Credit cards and Traveler's checks are widely accepted at many local businesses.

Climate: Average temperature: 75˚ - 85˚ F.

Area Code/Cell Phones: Area code for Hawaii is (808) and applies to all Islands. Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you are coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access: Internet access is readily available on Kauai Island and at many hotels.

Accommodations: Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation: Rent a car at Lihue Airport (LIH) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, taxis or city buses.

Clothing: Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping: U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.

Customs: For details regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection, consult your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or U.S. Customs (www.cbp.gov). You cannot take home fresh fruit, plants, or seeds (including some leis) unless they are sealed and you cannot seal and pack them yourself.


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Memberships and Certification

 Hawaii Tourism Authority

Certified Hawaii Tourism Authority 'Destination Expert'.

A member of Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. 

 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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