Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island and is sometimes called the “Garden Island,” which is an entirely accurate description. The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and jagged cliffs aged by time and the elements.
Getting to Kauai Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer non-stop service to Kauai . There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then heading to Kauai on a short, 25-minute flight.
The Hawaiian archipelago is located 2,000 mi (3,200 km) southwest of the contiguous United States. Hawaii is the southernmost U.S. state and the second westernmost after Alaska. Hawaii , like Alaska, does not border any other U.S. state.
Stunning coastlines, towering mountains, and lush jungles abound on both islands . However, the main difference between the two islands comes down to the variety in the landscapes, which Maui wins by a narrow margin. Maui : All in all, the scenery on Maui is more accessible than what’s found on Kauai .
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Here are 12 of the best local Kauai dishes we recommend you try during your vacation. Poke (pronounced po-kay) Huli Huli chicken. Lomilomi salmon . Loco moco. Poi . Kalua pig . Saimin . Spam musubi .
Unless you’re on a fairly leisurely schedule, you’ll need a car or other motorized vehicle to see and do everything on Kauai , which has one major road—one lane in each direction in most places—that rings the island except along the Napali Coast.
Although tourist areas are generally safe , visitors should always stay alert, even in laid-back Hawaii. Burglaries of tourists ‘ rental cars in hotel parking structures and at beach parking lots have become more common. Park in well-lighted and well-traveled areas, if possible.
ALASKA was a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000. It was made a state in 1959. Hawaii was a kingdom until 1893 and became a republic in 1894. It then ceded itself to the USA in 1898 and became a state in 1959.
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It is FALSE. The state of Hawaii is about 2400 mi. (4000 km) from California and about 4000 mi.
Two schools of thought..the more prevailing theory is to go to Maui first , for the action, then rest up and chill out on Kauai . Others would say go to Kauai first , get your feet wet and acclimate. Then go on to Maui when you feel the need for the more typical “action”. I don’t think it matters too much.
Kauai vs The Big Island : Accommodation The Big Island has two very different sides. Kona (west side) is more developed than Hilo (east side) and you’ll find more options in terms of resorts and hotels. In Kauai , most of the lodging options can be found on the eastern and southern side of the island.
If you like the huge all inclusive resorts, stick with Maui . If you like something off the beaten path adventurous and breathtakingly beautiful, try Kauai . Maui has much more activities to do like parasailing, a bit better snorkeling etc and Kauai is more about natural beauty.