Kauai - "The Garden Isle"
The plateau of Kauai reaches elevations of 5,148 feet and is directly
exposed to trade winds ascending abruptly over precipitous cliffs. Consequently,
the mountain summit of Kauai
is one of the wettest spots on Earth. The interior mountains of Kauai
have been eroded by rain to produce the spectacular topography of Waimea
Canyon and the Na Pali coast . . . thus producing broad coastal plains
and extensive beaches.
BOTANIC GARDENS -
abounding in natural vegatation, Kauai also has four botanic gardens
which are open to the public for small fees. The Smith's Tropical Paradise
at Wailua, Ola Pua Gardens at Kalaheo, Kiahuna Plantation Gardens in
Poipu, the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lawai, offer an unusual
assortment of flowers, shrubs, cacti and other magnificent species of
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CAPTAIN COOK'S LANDING,
WAIMEA BAY - the first place in which the intrepid British explorer
set foot in Hawaii in January, 1778. This bay was for many years a favorite
provisioning port with Pacific traders and whalers.
FERN GROTTO - this hauntingly beautiful cave, luxuriantly festooned
with growing ferns, is reached from the Wailua Marina.
GROVE FARM HOMESTEAD - founded in 1864 by George Wilcox, the homestead
is now a museum complex which includes the old family plantation home,
wash house, tea house, guest cottage and other amenities. The homestead
is typical of the old Hawaiian plantation experience and tradition.
It is just south of Lihue.
HANALEI VALLEY - another name for Hanaleiis Hanohano, meaning "glorious."
You will want to stop at the vantage point near the marker to gaze at
this sweeping scene of majestic tranquility. HANAPEPE VALLEY - note
the red cliffs and the handsome color accent they give the valley's
myriad shades of green and blue.
KALALAU LOOKOUT - once peacocks preened their plummage in this tropic
Eden and families cultivated terraces of taro. No one lives here now...
nothing remains but one of the most beautiful views on earth.
KAMOKILA HAWAIIAN VILLAGE - above the great bend of the Wailua River,
where war canoes of the King of Kauai, Kaumualii, once assembled, lie
the ruins of an old Hawaiian village.
KAUAI MUSEUM - the museum in Lihue presents a factual history of the
Garden Isle, using artifacts and photograph. Other historical and art
exhibits are also displayed.
KE'E BEACH PARK - a fine bathing beach at the end of the road where
the trail begins to the Na Pali Cliffs.
KILAUEA LIGHTHOUSE & KILAUEA POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - a
refuge for nesting seabirds, the isolated promontory where the lighthouse
sits is open to visitors.
KOKEE STATE PARK - adjacent to Waimea Canyon this park has picnic grounds,
cabins and a wide variety of outdoor activities including hunting, trout
fishing and hiking. The NASA Kokee Tracking Station is located nearby.
LUMAHAI BEACH - chosen for Nurses' Beach in South Pacific, this lovely
spot is undoubtedly the most photographed beach on Kauai.
MENEHUNE DITCH - only small portions remain of what was once a great
water course or aquaduct. Archeologists say it was built before Hawaiians
came possibly by the Menehune.
MENEHUNE FISH POND, NIUMALU - remarkable stone walls are said to have
been built in one
night by the Menehune.The fish pond they enclose is still in use.
OLD RUSSIAN FORT (FORT ELIZABETH) - hoping to seize Kauai for his Czar,
an employee of the Russian Fur Company of Alaska built this fort near
the mouth of the Waimea River in 1817. Rocky ruins are all that remains
of his effort and dream.
OPAEKAA FALLS - the Wailua River makes a dramatic plunge over a high
clif. Opaekaa means "rolling shrimp" and dates from days when
swarms of shrimp were seen rolling in turbulent waters at the base of
POIPU BEACH - Exceptionally fine bathing beach.
ROYAL BIRTHSTONES, WAILUA - women of Hawaiian nobility always tried
to reach these sacred stones in time to give birth to insure the royal
status of their children.
SLEEPING GIANT - the outline of a mountain ridge shows a striking resemblance
to a reclining giant.
SMITH'S TROPICAL PARADISE this 23-acre site has gardens, lagoons, exotic
birds and unique narrated train ride which meanders through a rain forest,
a Polynesian village, a Japanese island, a Filipino village and other
interesting areas. Kauai's ethnic heritage is reflected nightly in a
75-minute musical production in the lagoon theater.
SPOUTING HORN - when tide is running high, waves pressured through lava
tubes are forced through a hole in coastal rocks to burst noisily into
spectacular fountains of salt spray and foam.
WAILUA FALLS - nicknamed Fantasy Island Waterfalls.
WAIMEA CANYON - this is more than a view, it's an experience! You'll
treasure in memory its grandeur and jewel-tone colors, its awesome depth
WAIOLI MISSION HOUSE - visitors are welcome to look through this quaint
home, built in 1834 and restored by descendants of the first missionaries.
WET AND DRY CAVES OF HAENA - these eerie caverns, one dry, the other
two filled with limpid green water, are where chiefs are said to have
gathered in ancient times.