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.
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.
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.
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.