Kauai is the oldest Hawaiian island, making its mountains, canyons,
valleys, rivers and beaches some of the most dramatic in the world.
To fully experience the Island's incredible beauty, residents and
visitors take to the air, the hiking trails, and the sea (both under
water and above).
Smaller in size and population than Oahu, life on Kauai is quieter
and moves at a more relaxed pace. Historically and today, Kauai's
people are proud and independent; it was the only island that Kamehameha
the Great failed to conquer.
On Kauai’s north shore, near the end of the road and the
beginning of the famous Na Pali Coast, is Ka Ulu A Paoa Heiau, the
ancient temple reputed to be the birthplace of the ancient Hawaiian
dance called the hula. More than a swaying island dance performed
in grass skirts, the hula began as a means of worship and storytelling
through chants (mele). Kauai was once the site of the most prestigious
hula school in all the islands, and today the dance still occupies
a special place in Kauai islanders' hearts.
For many years, Kauai has also been a favored location for filmmakers.
South Pacific, Blue Hawaii, Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong and
Jurassic Park are just a few of the major motion pictures that have
been filmed here. Every year the film industry contributes nearly
$2 million to the Island's economy.