The unspoiled island of Kauai takes visitors back in time to old Hawaii. With unique natural wonders, pristine waterfalls, and some of the best local food options, a visit to the Garden Isle is always a memorable one. Here are six reasons a trip to Kauai will outshine a visit to Hawaii’s more popular capital city—Honolulu.
This hole-in-the-wall eatery has been serving up Hawaii’s favorite noodle for over 70 years. Locals from around the state never miss an opportunity to stop here when on Kauai. Hamura Saimin’s fresh noodles, low prices, and decadent lilikoi chiffon pie draw long lines during peak mealtimes.
Kauai boasts some of the most impressive waterfalls in all the islands. The easily-accessible Wailua Falls featured on Fantasy Island is most noted, but there are equally beautiful waterfalls that don’t require any hiking like the nearby Opaekaʻa Falls, and Waipoʻo Falls. For a more intimate waterfall experience, visitors should expect to hike or charter a helicopter. Uluwehi Falls, also known as Secret Falls, and Hanakapiai Falls are popular, and many jump in a helicopter for views of Manawaiopuna Falls used in the Jurassic Park films.
Mount Waiʻaleʻale’s shield volcano is often referred to as the wettest place on earth. The Hawaiian name translates to “rippling water” or “overflowing water”—fitting since the area rains a minimum of 335 days per year. A constant rainfall produces endless waterfalls and rainbows. Visitors can hop into a helicopter to view hundreds of waterfalls stream down the sheer mountain face at the Wall of Tears, and look down into the Blue Hole.