The Island of Kauai, the Garden Isle






Area:   558 sq mi       Land:  549.4 sq mi    Inland water:    8.8 sq mi

Shoreline: 90 mi        Tidal shoreline:  110 mi

Plant: Mokihana                                                     


There is currently no known meaning behind the name of Kaua‘i. Native Hawaiian tradition says that the name came from  the legend of Hawai‘iloa, who was the  Polynesian navigator credited with discovering the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Kaua‘i after a son.

[Fornander. Polynesian Race 1: 188-209; Col. 4: 370-373, 404-407]


The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands at around 5 to 6. million years.  It lies 105 miles across the Kauai Channel.


Sometimes the wettest spot on Earth,  Kauai can has an annual average rainfall of 460 inches. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains.



Kawaikini      5,243 ft                       Kalalau lookout       4,120 ft

Wai’ale’ale    5,148 ft                        Ha’upu          2,297 ft

Namolokama  4,421 ft                     Nounou         1,241 ft                                   


Waimea Canyon, at over 2500 feet deep, is Hawaii's largest  valley.

[Ronck’s Hawaiian Annual [ 19…]]