The oldest child is usually responsible, well-behaved, and has a good reputation. There are times the oldest gets overlooked because they are dependable, not too flashy, and can be overshadowed by the attention seeking younger kids.
Of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is the oldest island – and the most beautiful. While it may get overlooked by the more popular islands and destinations of Maui and Oahu, Kauai doesn’t deserve to play second fiddle to any of its Hawaiian siblings.
Fantastic ocean views, popular beaches, deserted beaches, a variety of hikes, the wettest spot on earth, and scenes right out of a movie, Kauai is a smaller island which has something for everyone.
No matter where I travel I love to go hiking. On my trip to Kauai, I hiked near Waimea Canyon and watched a sunset near Ke-a Beach. I stood in a cave near Haena Beach Park and snorkeled with sea turtles along the Na Pali cliffs. I walked along long stretches of white sand on Polihale Beach and had dinner overlooking the ocean at Poipu. I even went shopping with the locals in Kapa’a.
Kauai isn’t as remote and quiet as Lanai and Molokai. However, it isn’t as touristy as Oahu or Maui. Kauai is the garden island – a little piece of paradise that provides a nice balance of sun, sand, scenery, and serenity.
Kauai is more than just a destination or a vacation island. It’s the place that deserves to be explored and appreciated.
As the oldest island in Hawaii, it may not be as popular or good looking as its siblings Maui and Oahu. It’s not as big or grandiose as the Big Island. It may be a little more well known than Molokai and Lanai. Kauai does everything well – and that’s just right for me.
Learn more about Kauai with 8 fun things to do in Kauai when you’re not lying on the beach.
A Kauai photo journey
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