KAUAI the garden isle


KAUAI in our book is the Oldest most Beautiful and visually Stunning Island in the Hawaiian Chain…it’s had some time to settle in and erode as well, creating some of the most AMAZING RIDGELINES ON EARTH! Kauai is truly the Garden Isle.


Kauai is an outdoorsman’s playground. If you seek the best Hiking, the best outdoor activities and best camping around, Kauai is for you! If your intentions are to come here and just drink Mai Tais on the beach…Forget it! You come here to seek adventure, to test your skills from fishing, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, scuba diving, ziplining and everything else under the sun.


At approximately six million years old, it is the oldest of the main islands. The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet…The second highest peak is Wai’ale’ale near the center of the island, 5,148 feet. The wettest spots on Earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. On the west side of the island, Waimea town is located at the mouth of the Waimea River, whose flow formed the GREAT Waimea Canyon, one of the world’s most scenic canyons, known to all as the Great GRAND CANYON of the Pacific at 3,000 feet deep. The Na Pali Coast is the center for recreation which including Kayaking, Boating or Hiking past amazing Mountain Ridges,  Beaches and Hiking trails.

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In 1778, Captain James Cook arrived at Waimea Bay, he was the first European known to reach the Hawaiian islands and Kauai was the first island he visited. He named the Hawaiian Islands after his patron the Earl of Sandwich. At the time the Hawaiian Islands had been called the SANDWICH ISLANDS.

During the reign of King Kamehameha,  the islands of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau were the last Hawaiian Islands to join the UNITED KINGDOM of HAWAII Their ruler, Kaumuali’i resisted Kamehameha for years. King Kamehameha twice prepared a huge armada of ships and canoes to take the islands by force, and failed; once due to a storm, and the other because of an island wide epidemic. In the face of a third attempt to take Kauai and Ni’ihau by Kamehameha, Kaumualiʻi decided to surrender and join the kingdom of Hawaii without bloodshed in 1810.


Now with some great info and history out of the way…Lets look into what you will be doing when you visit Kauai as there are an endless about of things to do for those who seek adventure in the ocean, valley’s and Mountains…from Queens Bath, to Tunnels Beach, to Wai ‘ale’ali Crater, to Wailua Falls and Kayaking the Wailua River to even Hiking the Pinnacle of Hiking on the Na Pali Coast Kalalau Trail…all 11 Miles back and forth…if you are seeking Adventure then Kauai is the island for you and we talk about it all during our Lucky We Live Hawaii Podcast…KAUAI…The Garden Isle.


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    • Mahalo for listening…We are trying to figure out what to do with our Facebook…We don’t even have a Twitter account…Bruce and I have our own twitter accounts…We hope to one day have a professional Podcast…not that it’s not top notch already, but an actual studio etc…When we do that we will be looking for someone to run those things…thanx Lisa!!! Are you a member of our Page on Facebook by the way???

      • Of course I am ^_^. I have no doubt you guys will be able to achieve the standards that you are aiming for in no time. As for myself, I think you guys are doing great as is! Looking forward to the next podcast. I need my 808 fix until I can make my Hawaiian dreams come true 😉

  1. Hello!
    I just started listening about a week ago and have listened to your newer and older podcasts. I am 18 years old and moving to Hawaii by myself on March 10th. I have a great opportunity waiting for me in Makaha Valley on the island Oahu. You guys have definitely made me more excited but also have put me into a realist perspective which I am very thankful for. I think you guys are great, my dad is getting sick of me talking about your podcasts haha. I would love some tips and more knowledge about what it’s like living in Hawaii! Thanks. You guys are awesome.

    • Hannah…you’re very welcome…You’re 18 and coming to Hawaii alone? MAN…I don’t think I would ever do that at 18…I didn’t come out till I was in my mid 20’s…good for you! You got any questions you have about your move and we haven’t talked about it yet in any of our podcasts please ask…Makaha is a good distance from anything here on Oahu…I hope you are working out there or it’s going to be a LONG, LONG drive everyday for you…It’s super cheap to live in Makaha, but that’s because of the drive and how remote it is out there to the business district of Honolulu…

          • I will be wwoofing (world wide opportunities on organic farms) so I will be working where I live in exchange for free room and board! I will also be making some extra cash by doing other things around the house/farm. Thanks so much for replying. I’ll be sure to ask some questions when they pop up!

  2. i’m always confused when people say how many beaches kauai has compared to what i see on google maps. there’s a shit load more rocky coastline compared to oahu which is nearly 100% surrounded by sand. what’s up with that?

    • Come on Nick…you ever actually been to Kauai??? There are amazing beautiful beaches everywhere…and big ones at that…Oahu has more beaches than you can count as well…but don’t count of Kauai.

  3. Hi!

    Me and my brother are taking a trip to Hawaii and I can’t decide wether to go to Kauai, or Honolulu. We have never been to Hawaii or any of its islands. Kauai seems breath taking and more quiet. Honolulu seems to have both activity and nightlife options. Which would be a good choice for first timers.

    • Well, why don’t the both of you visit both islands…4 days on each. I’m sure you intended on staying at least a week…Why not make it 8 days and split your trip between the two islands…BUT…I would visit OAHU first then KAUAI in that order. I don’t suggest just one island, but IF…IF that’s all you can do come to OAHU first…Oahu and Honolulu has a little of everything you are looking for…Nightlife, activities, and the country, beaches and mountains. From your first trip to Oahu you can then choose when you return another island or several.

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