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Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai “The Garden Isle”

[06/08/2014 by Jason Ian Hector, Hawaii Real Estate Broker and Short Sale Specialist]
Kauai is known as the garden isle for good reason. Being an avid gardener myself, I really appreciate the more laid back and less developed attributes of Kauai. From the rugged cliffs of the Na Pali coast to the scenic valleys and famous Sleeping Giant mountain trail. Kauai is primarily known for the Waimea Canyon (pictured left), Fern Grotto and Na Pali Coast (pictured bottom left).

Weather wise, the Hawaiian islands are known for having tropical temperatures all year round; average temperature range from 69 to 84 degrees. The enjoyable weather of Kauai makes for great vacation rental opportunities or year round enjoyment for homeowners. Speaking of weather, Kauai’s Mount Waialeale, located in the heart of the island, is famous for being one of the wettest places on earth with around 450 inches of rain annually. On the other hand, much less rain is experienced in Kauai’s western coastal area which averages around 18 inches per year in parts. Lihue Airport is not an international airport but it does have direct flights to many large US cities and inter island flights to the Honolulu International Airport and other Hawaiian Islands.
The Island of Kauai is divided into 5 different regions: Lihue, South Shore, West Side, North Shore and the East Side. Lihue hosts the islands commercial and county government center. Some of my favorite places near Lihue include the Wailua River, Kauai Museum, Alekoko Menehune Fishpond (pictured left) and Kilohana Estate.
  • The South Shore of Kauai is known to be one of the warmer and drier areas of the island. The South Shore is home of one of America’s top beaches called Poipu Beach Park (pictured left). This is a great beach because it has good surfing and a nice family friendly beach as well. The South Shore is also famous for being the filming location for parts of Jurassic Park.

  • The West Side of Kauai is mainly known for the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It serves as the main attraction in this side of the island. The small town of Hanapepe is also popular with its art galleries, shops and restaurants.

  • Kauai’s North Shore features the stunning Na Pali Coast with it’s jagged cliffs and stretching coastline. The area is also home to some beautiful beaches and famous celebrities. I like it for the botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Kauai’s East Side weather is my favorite because it’s not too rainy and not too dry, just right in the middle. Also, it’s location is convenient to Kapaa Town which has a vibrant music scene and considered centrally located on Kauai. This area is sometimes called the Coconut Coast because of the many groves but also it has great beaches for whale watching, surfing and snorkeling. The Wailua River is an amazing natural beauty with the Fern Grotto being one of the main attractions of Kauai. Kayaking along the Wailua River is very popular as well as visiting the Opaekaa Falls. The Sleeping Giant mountain also serves as a beautiful backdrop to many of Kauai’s East Side properties.