On this small green island, also dubbed the “Garden Island” by many because of its rich vegetation, you will find beautiful scenery and absolute tranquility. It is considerably less crowded compared to the other major islands, which is already noticeable from mid-air if you are coming by the airplane (there is only one airport, in Lihue, second largest town on the island). Around 65 000 people live on this island, and they are very laid-back and positive (how could they not be). Kauai is probably the best for those who are seeking for outdoor adventures, but it also has some authentic local culture to offer.
It is always a good thing to prepare and learn some history of the location you are going to. There is no better way to start your journey then going to the Kauai museum. Museum is an European-style building located right in the center of Lihue. It exhibits most important parts of Kauai’s history and heritage. The museum itself is not too big, but the tourists who had visited it were impressed by the content. The exhibition starts with Captain Cook’s voyage that took him to the island in the late 18th century and involves authentic objects and gadgets used at that time. The museum also includes a gift shop, so that everyone can bring a piece of souvenir of Hawaiian heritage back to their own hometown.
On your way from the museum, make sure you stop by the Kilauea Lighthouse. Even though it isn’t active for more than 40 years, this 17 meter tall lighthouse became great spot for watching beautiful landscape. For bird lovers, this is a great place to observe couple of local species, and if you are lucky enough in the winter, you might even see the whales swimming nearby. It is also possible for a symbolic fee to enter the lighthouse and experience even better view.
Hanakapi’ai beach is one of the best and most beautiful wild beaches and a great choice if you are looking for a place to take postcard pictures from. Since the sea currents here are too hazardous, swimming is not recommended. The scenery is magnificent as well as the sound of the waves, and not too far from there is another picturesque sight of Hanakapi’ai waterfalls combined with volcano rocks. It is recommended that hiking should be done in nice weather.
For hiking and camping prices, see the official website of the Hawaii State Park.