Kauai

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  • 1. Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond

    No one knows just who built this large, intricate, almost 1,000-year-old aquaculture structure in the Huleia River, but legend attributes it to the Menehune, a...Read More

  • 2. Haena Beach Park

    This drive-up beach park favored by campers year-round has a wide bay named Makua bordered by two large reef systems, creating favorable waves for skilled...Read More

  • 3. Hanalei Bay

    This 2-mile crescent beach cradles a wide bay in a setting that is quintessential Hawaii: the sea is on one side, and behind you are...Read More

  • 4. Hanalei Valley Overlook

    Dramatic mountains and a patchwork of neat taro farms bisected by the wide Hanalei River make this one of Hawaii's loveliest views, even with the...Read More

  • 5. Kalalau Beach

    Located at the end of the trail with the same name, Kalalau is a remote beach in spectacular Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, and reaching...Read More

  • 6. Kauai Coffee Estate Visitor Center

    Two restored camp houses, dating from the days when sugar was the main agricultural crop on the Islands, have been converted into a museum, visitor...Read More

  • 7. Kauai Museum

    Maintaining a stately presence on Rice Street, the historical museum building is easy to find and features a permanent display, "The Story of Kauai," that...Read More

  • 8. Ke Ala Hele Makalae

    Running from the southern end of Lydgate Park north to Donkey Beach, between Kealia and Anahola, this 8-mile seaside path is a favorite of visitors...Read More

  • 9. Kee Beach

    Highway 560 on the North Shore literally dead-ends at this beach, pronounced "kay-eh," which is also the start of the challenging, permit-required 11-mile Kalalau Trail...Read More

  • 10. Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Kilauea Lighthouse

    A beacon for sea traffic since it was dedicated in 1913, this National Historic Landmark has the world's largest clamshell lens in a lighthouse and...Read More

  • 11. Limahuli Garden & Preserve

    Narrow Limahuli Valley, with its fluted mountain peaks and ancient stone taro terraces, creates an unparalleled setting for this botanical garden and nature preserve, one...Read More

  • 12. Mahaulepu Beach and Makauwahi Cave

    This 2-mile stretch of coast, with its sand dunes, limestone hills, sinkholes, and the Makauwahi Cave, is unlike any other on Kauai. Remains of a...Read More

  • 13. Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park

    Joyce and Ed Doty's love for plants and art spans the 240 acres here and includes many different gardens, a hardwood plantation, an ahupuaa (a...Read More

  • 14. National Tropical Botanical Garden

    Tucked away in Lawai Valley, this collection of gardens includes lands and a cottage once used by Hawaii's Queen Emma (1836–85) for a summer retreat....Read More

  • 15. Old Koloa Town

    Koloa’s first sugar plantation opened in 1835, ushering in an era of sugar production throughout the islands, with more than 100 plantations established by 1885....Read More

  • 16. Poipu Beach Park

    At the most popular beach on the South Shore, the snorkeling and swimming are good during calm seas, and when the surf's up, the bodyboarding...Read More

  • 17. Poliahu Heiau

    Storyboards near this ancient heiau (sacred site) recount the significance of the many sacred structures found along the Wailua River. It's unknown exactly how the...Read More

  • 18. Polihale State Park

    The longest stretch of beach in Hawaii starts in Kekaha and ends west about 15 miles away at the start of Napali Coast. On the...Read More

  • 19. Spouting Horn

    When conditions are right, a natural blowhole in the rocky shoreline behaves like Old Faithful, shooting salt water high into the air and making a...Read More

  • 20. Wailua Falls

    Kauai has plenty of noteworthy waterfalls, but this one is especially gorgeous, easy to find, and easy to photograph. You may recognize the impressive cascade...Read More

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