Here you have some information that I have read, I have been explained to and I have experienced during my stay in Kauai.
The islands of Hawaii
They are the most isolated islands on the Earth. North America is the closest continent, which is about 2400 miles away.
The Hawaiian archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean contains 132 islands, reefs and sandbanks.
Despite being an island with good temperature all year round, the weather is very variable along each day, especially in the north. Within seconds you may see a storm on a sunny day.
I really did not mind the rain because I knew that’s the reason we find the dense tropical jungle and the amazing waterfalls.
In addition, rain focuses mainly in the mountainous area, so probably the sky at the beach will be clear and if not, you always have the option to move to the east or south area.
As a curiosity, say that the Mount Wai’ale’ale, a mountain of about 5148 feet located in the center of Kauai, is one of the rainiest areas on the earth.
Only two seasons are distinguished;
- Kau is the hot season, which runs from May to October. Temperatures range between 24º and 30º C.
- Ho’olio is the least hot season, which runs from October to April. During this time there is less wind and more rain. Temperatures range between 15° and 26 ° C.
The ocean can be dangerous, especially for those who, like me, have grown up in a quiet sea.
There are some safer beaches and other which are really dangerous. It happened to me that local people, to protect me, did not want to give me directions to go to some of the beaches where several deadly accidents had taken place in the past.
Be careful and be respectful towards the sea.
There are many signs that indicate whether the beach is safe or not, but if you are inexperienced, I would recommend asking the lifeguard or, if there is no lifeguard, to some local people.
If you like to hike, in Kauai you will find beautiful trails, especially at Na Pali Coast.
Load enough food and water since in most trails, once you’ve started the walk, you will not find anything. And make sure you bring back all your trash (in most sections there are no garbage cans, so you have to bring the trash back with you).
Use proper footwear; normally the ground is wet because of the rain and being roads with significant slopes, the ground is very slippery. I often preferred to go barefoot, but if you are not used to it, it can hurt you or it can get even more slippery.
Use mosquito repellent; as I said several times, they don’t bite me, so I did not use anything, but the first two days, my partner got many bug bites.
Kauai has the only navigable rivers in Hawaii.
The Walilea River, about 20 miles, is one of the most popular.
If you are an active person, you can do paddle surf or rent a kayak or a canoe. For those who prefer something more relaxed, you can also take a ride on a boat.
I did a tour with kayak to go to Secret Waterfalls and it was amazing.
Thanks to the presence of constant rain and sun, a rainbow is generated almost every day.
It is easy to spot double and even triple rainbows.
Kauai is an ideal place for surfing. I can’t give much information because I didn’t surf…
Yeah, I know, it’s so bad!!
I wanted to try it when I lived in San Diego, but I caught the flu at the time and I never tried it, then I said I would try it in Bali, but I focused on other things and I never did it and now in Hawaii the truth is that weather has not been ideal to learn…
Hope I’ll try it on my next trip!
I was told that by law, it is not allowed to practice nudism on the beaches of Hawaii, but there are some beaches where people do practice it.
The best known is perhaps Secret Beach, but the truth is that I found many completely deserted beaches (they are usually beaches with difficult access) where I don’t think you’ll be in trouble if you are naked.
Out of respect for others, keep your swimsuit close to you, so if someone comes, then you can get dressed.
Do not walk on coral reefs and of course, don’t extract it.
It is a species of very slow growth and must be protected.
90 % of native animals and plants of the Hawaii islands can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
They often live in the less developed areas of the islands.
I have no idea if this bird is native or not, but I like him a lot and is very easy to see anywhere on the island.
You’ll find roosters and hens literally everywhere; on the street, on the beach, in the mountains, on the road … I even find a chicken in the supermarket!
Every morning I woke up with the singing of these animals, but the strange thing is that they sing all day long! haha
Some locals claim that there are a lot of roosters and hens because of the Iniki Hurricane that hit the island in 1992, releasing these animals.
Others believe it is due to the absence of predators that eat them and in the presence of tourists who do not stop feeding them.
You’ll also find many dogs (not as many as roosters), especially on the beach. Most are not wild, they are dogs waiting on the shore while their owners surf the ocean waves.
I made friends with more than one …
In some areas, it is difficult to find public restrooms. Many stores and restaurants do not offer this service and even in areas with clusters of shops and restaurants as Princeville center, you won’t find a public restroom. You’ll have to walk a few blocks to find one.
The law does not allow to build houses higher than the palm trees and also in coastal areas, the houses should be built on stilts to protect them from flooding.
Kauai airport has no Internet connection (neither free nor paying) and in many restaurants and cafes that service is not offered. IDuring my first trip, I’ve spent most of the trip offline. I did not even bother to ask if they had wifi. It was a good way to disconnect the fullest.
It is the form used to say hello. In fact, it can mean many things; hello, thank you, ok, see you, how are you going? take care, “chill out”, etc.
One theory (there are several) says that the origin of the sign comes from a Hawaiian fisherman (Hamana), who lost the three middle fingers of his right hand in an accident. Consequently, he had to quit his job and started working in a mill as a security guard.
The children, who wanted to jump on the bandwagon, adopted the sign of Shaka (mocking the lack of finger of Hamana) to communicate between them; so they used the sign as a warning when the guard was not looking.
Later in the 60s, surfers from Hawaii, adopted this gesture to greet each other.
Today it is a widespread sign.
It contains only 12 letters; 5 vowels (A, E, I, O, U) and 7 consonants (H, K, L, M, N, P, W). They use diphthongs quite often (combination of two vowels pronounced together creating a vowel sound).
Some useful words:
- Aloha: hello, goodbye, and love.
- ‘Āina: earth
- Anuenue: Arcoiris
- Hana hou: repeat
- Haole: foreign (usually white person)
- Hula: Hawaiian dance
- Kai: sea
- Kokua: help
- Lei: necklace made by flowers, leaves, seeds or shells
- Lua: hole, bathroom
- Lu’au: Hawaiian party
- Mahalo: thanks
- ‘Ono: delicious, very good
- Pali: cliff
- Pohaku: rock
- Pu’u: mountain
- Wai: fresh water
I hope this Kauai information can help you!!
Love and gratitude