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Kaua'i is the Hawaiian island treasured for its lush tropical greenery and sparkling sand beaches. Visitors to the island are in awe of its postcard-perfect beauty as well as its diversity of cultures, activities, shopping, and dining. Verdant rainforests, impressive golf courses, vibrant scenery, friendly faces, blissful breezes, navigable rivers, and striking waterfalls are just a few of Kaua'i's spectacular offerings. Exploring Kaua'i is to unearth secrets more than five million years old and the world's greatest natural wonders. Walk along beaches where the ocean marries the coastline in a heavenly match; watch with wonder as dolphins and whales swim in their natural habitat; and observe the panoramic beauty of Kaua'i's remarkable vistas. Where else in the world can you discover an island that truly bestows everything on its guests: soft, refreshing coolness atop a mountain; brief, misty rain showers; an arid desert; and the ever-
smiling warmth of the sun?

A quick glance at a map gives little clue to the unfolding wonder and diverse scenery that Kaua'i has to offer. From tranquil forests, interrupted by the occasional calls of native birds, to the steep green ramparts of the Na Pali Coast, to the beaches and towns that dot the shore - Kaua'i deserves leisurely exploration. With essentially one road, you can take time to get acquainted with the island's geography. Along the way, you'll discover natural beauty, historic byways, and very contemporary luxuries. Take your beach towel, hiking shoes, sunglasses, and a picnic lunch, and follow the signs to the amazing sights. Don't forget your camera!

NORTH SHORE: A gathering of stunning vistas, historic sites, and quaint towns. North Kaua'i is perched between mountains and sea. This quiet stretch of road, stitched together by one-lane bridges, leads to the Hawaiian Islands northernmost point; to the luxurious St. Regis Princeville; to tranquil Hanalei, and beyond, at its end, to the cliffs and idyllic beaches of the Na Pali Coast.

HANALEI: The grandeur of Kaua'i's North Shore is revealed from picture-perfect Hanalei Valley Lookout. The small, peaceful town of Hanalei is filled with colorful shops, restaurants, and unique art galleries. Lumaha'i Beach is where Mitzi Gaynor "washed that man right out of my hair" in Hollywood's memorable musical, South Pacific. Or pack a picnic and venture out to Hanalei Bay, which Dr. Beach named America's Best Beach in 2009. On Sunday, listen to Hawaiian hymns at Wai'oli Hui'ia Church. And after a busy day, relax under a luminous Hanalei Bay sunset.

EAST SIDE: Known as the Royal Coconut Coast, East Kaua'i was once the home of royalty. With its tumbling waterfalls, palm-fringed river, and beautiful beaches, it's easy to see why this place was chosen. Explore the Wailua River's meandering waters, play on the golden sands of the East Side beaches, and stop for a meal and stroll in the town of Kapa'a.

LIHUE: Lihu'e is the island's government hub and airport gateway, but it also captures the unique spirit of Kaua'i. Beautifully preserved traditional fishponds, plantations, and museums offer a glimpse into a rich and treasured past; while pristine beaches, exquisite golf courses, a cruise ship harbor, and plenty of shopping extend a very present-day welcome.

SOUTH SHORE: Once the main port of entry to Kaua'i, the island's south shore includes the 10-mile Koloa Heritage Trail - an ideal place to examine relics of local history. Take in the recurring drama of the Spouting Horn; keep an eye out for rare monk seals; enjoy the sunny beauty of Po'ipu Beach; visit two of Kaua'i's impressive botanical gardens; play a round of golf. There's so much to do on Kauai's sunny side.

WEST SIDE: Kaua'i's West Side is defined by nature and scenery on a grand scale. From the laid-back and historic town of Waimea to the enormous drama of Waimea Canyon, this stretch of shore, road, and parkland includes some of the island's most memorable sights and stunning panoramas.

WAIMEA CANYON: This massive canyon provides stunning views of Kaua'i's lush valley and tropical forest canopies. There are numerous lookouts if sightseeing by car, as well as over 40 miles of hiking trails.

NA PALI COAST: Spectacular, drama, challenge, beauty. These words begin to describe the Na Pali Coast of Kaua'i, but miss the epic proportions, the stunning colors of land and water, the historic importance, the remote isolation, and the magic. Iconic green-clad ramparts overlooking uninterrupted views of the Pacific soar more than 3,000 feet above the turquoise sea. White sandy coves sit undisturbed in their rocky shelter. This is a place of awe and wonder.

FILM LOCATIONS: Jurassic Park I, II, and III, King Kong, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Six Days/Seven Nights, and South Pacific, to name a few, were all filmed on Kaua'i. Is it any wonder? With the dramatic backdrop of towering mountains and cascading waterfalls in an almost primal setting, it makes any screenplay come to life.

Nicknamed "The Garden Isle," Kaua'i is covered with green mountainsides, carved with dramatic cliffs and canyons, and drenched with enchantment. The northernmost and oldest of the Hawaiian islands is a place that is shared among those who celebrate the incredible natural beauty of this remarkable place. Enjoy Kaua'i's easy pace, whether you're kayaking down Hawaii's only navigable rivers, riding a zipline over the treetops, or sipping a mai tai on a sunset sail. Allow the island's unique charm to tantalize and enrich every moment of your vacation. An emerald treasure, Kaua'i is your special island to explore, discover, and appreciate.

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Kaua'i, "The Garden Isle,"
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