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Posted on Oct 22, 2013 | 13 comments

Interesting Facts about Kauai

Interesting Facts about Kauai

Kauai and Maui both hold special places in our hearts. They are constantly neck and neck in holding the top place in our hearts for favorite Hawaiian island. These 20 interesting facts about Kauai help show you why we love Kauai so much.

1. Nicknamed the Garden Isle for its accurate description of Kauai.

2. Kauai is geologically the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands at 5.8 million years old.

3. With an area of 562.3 square miles, Kauai is the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands.

4. Kauai Coffee is the largest plantation in the United States. Their coffee is quite tasty.

5. The official island flower of Kauai is Mokihana, a green berry found in the lush forests used to make leis. Kauai’s official color is purple.

Interesting Facts about Kauai

These beautiful roosters can be found all over Kauai.

6. The unofficial bird of Kauai is the island’s wild rooster. They are literally all over Kauai.

7. Kauai has the only navigable river in the state with the most popular and longest at 19.2 miles being the Wailua River.

8. There are only two native mammals to the island of Kauai; the Hawaiian monk seal and the horay bat. There are only about 1200 Hawaiian monk seals left in the world.

9. Kauai has no native land reptiles or amphibians.

Interesting Facts about Kauai

How tall can a palm tree grow? 4 stories!

10. By Law, no building on Kauai is allowed to be built taller than a palm tree.

11. Kauai grows more taro than any of the other Hawaiian Islands.

12. Waimea Canyon, referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, is about 1 mile wide, about 3,000 feet (914 m) in depth and 12 miles (19.3 km) in length.

13. Over 97% of the land on Kauai is used for conservation and agriculture.

14. The island of Kauai is home to one of the wettest spots on Earth with an average rainfall of 397 inches (10m) on Mt. Waialeale.

Interesting Facts about Kauai

Some of the beautiful cliffs of the Na Pali coastline.

15. Some of the rugged cliffs along the Na Pali Coast reach heights of over 2,500 feet.

16. Kauai is the only Hawaiian island without the mongoose.

17. More than 70 movies have been filmed on Kauai including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide, The Descendants, and many more.

18. The most isolated inhabited land mass in the world is Kauai. It is also the northernmost island of the Hawaiian chain.

19. Kauai is the legendary home of the Menehune, a mythical race of very small people who performed legendary “magical” feats of construction and engineering on the Hawaiian Islands, oftentimes overnight.

20. 70% of the island is inaccessible by foot.

How many of these interesting facts about Kauai did you know?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. I love that the buildings cannot be higher than a palm tree. I wish we had the same in Armenia. We need to start planting palm tree first….:-))))

    • Did you go to college in Oregon? There’s a huge Hawaiian population at Oregon colleges. Do make sure to get to Kauai. It’s beautiful. We will have a bunch more Kauai stories posting soon.
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  2. On the topic of palm trees, the hotels remove the coconuts from their trees because several people per year die from falling coconuts–or so we heard. But they do remove them. Not so everywere, so beware of standing under a coco palm.

    Kimmy, is it ok to pin your Kauai pictures onto my Pinterest? They will link back to your site.
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  3. The cliffs of the Na Pali coastline look gorgeous! Loved the bit about the Menehune – I’m a sucker for local folklore. You guys are really bumping Hawaii to the top of our travel list… Safe travels!
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    • Be sure to visit Limahuli (native species gardens, ancient poi terraces and foundations of an ancient house) where you can see a Menehune on a clifftop. Well, it’s a stone that they say was a Menehune (who turned to stone if exposed to daylight…)

  4. Wow, great article. We’ve got coffee plantations over here too. Plus palm trees. Although you’re allowed to build taller than them.

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