Island Of Kauai
Quick Facts -- Kaua'i
• Nickname: The Garden Isle
• Flower: mokihana (Green Berry)
• Island color: purple
• Area: 552.3 square miles
• Average temperature: 71.3° to 79 .1° F at Lihu'e Airport
• Average annual rainfall:
- The summit of Wai'ale'ale is among the wettest spots in the world with
an average annual rainfall of 444 inches.
- Average rainfall at Po'ipu Beach is 35 inches per year.
• Population (1998): 55,603
Kaua'i is the least populated of the four counties in the state.
- By age (1997):
Under 5: 7.9%
5 to 19: 22.5%
20 to 44: 33.7%
45 to 64: 20.8%
- By ethnic groups (1998):
Caucasian : 25%
Hawaiian/part Hawaiian: 19.5%
- Main cities and towns (1990):
The County of Kaua'i includes the islands of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau
(privately owned), and the uninhabited islands of Lehua and Ka'ula. The
county is operated by a mayor, a seven-member county council and the
county's departments and agencies.
Kaua'i's resorts and shopping centers have been renovated since
Hurricane Iniki devastated the island in 1992. With the addition of
daily flights direct from the U.S. mainland, visitors have returned to
Kaua'i in the past several years.
• Major Attractions:
Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Valley, Koke'e State Park, Fern Grotto, many
stunning beaches and, for the intrepid, Kalalau Valley. For a complete
list of Kaua'i attractions, click here.
Important products are sugarcane, fruit, vegetables, taro and beef. For
more information visit the Department of Agriculture.
• Financial Institutions:
Kaua'i has 3 banks with 15 branches, and 2 savings and loans with 7
• Print and broadcast media:
The principal newspaper is The Garden Island. There are 2 AM and 3 FM
radio stations. Television is relayed from Honolulu. For more local
media links, click here.
• Health care:
In 1998 there were 102 doctors, 41 dentists, 393 nurses and 38
pharmacists on Kaua'i. Major hospitals include Wilcox Memorial Hospital,
West Kauai Medical Center and Mahelona Medical Center.
Kaua'i Community College offers a two-year associate degree and is part
of the University of Hawai'i system.
• Science and technology:
The Pacific Missile Range Facility supports a wide variety of training
exercises and developmental tests in 42,000 square miles of sea and air
space that is virtually encroachment free.
The West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center houses high-technology
companies and offers interactive tours of Kaua'i.
• Notable facts: Kaua'i is the oldest of the inhabited Hawaiian Islands
(5 million years), as well as the greenest and the wettest. It is also
the site of the first recorded contact between Westerners and the native
inhabitants of Hawai'i (English Captain James Cook came ashore at Waimea
Bay in 1778).
Many movies with South Seas and Asian settings have been filmed on the
beaches and in the valleys of Kaua'i.