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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%
65+: 15.1%

- By ethnic groups (1998):
Caucasian : 25%
Japanese: 17%
Hawaiian/part Hawaiian: 19.5%
Filipino: 14.5%

- Main cities and towns (1990):
Kapa'a: 8,149
Lihu'e: 5,536

Government:
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.

Tourism:
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.

Agriculture:
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 branches.

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.

Education:
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.

 





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