Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, famous for the Waimea Canyon, the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." The major airport is in Lihue, the county seat. The Kauai Museum explains the geography and social history of the island.
Most visitors head north to Princeville and Wailua - Kauai/Kapaa, or southwest to the Poipu area. The East Coast includes Wailua and Kapaa. The North Coast, called the Na Pali Coast, is a series of small villages that are a throwback to earlier times.
The South Coast is a mixture of spectacular geographical attractions. Westward are a string of sugar towns. The Waimea Canyon and Poipu Beach are not to be missed.
Kauai is the smallest of the four major islands, 552 sq miles. The summit of Mount Waialeale is one of the wettest places on earth.