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On any list of the world's most spectacular islands, Kauai ranks right up there with Bora Bora, Huahine, and Rarotonga. All the elements are here: moody rain forests, majestic cliffs, jagged peaks, emerald valleys, palm trees swaying in the breeze, daily rainbows, and some of the most spectacular golden beaches you'll find anywhere. Soft tropical air, sunrise birdsong, essence of ginger and plumeria, golden sunsets, sparkling waterfalls--you don't just go to Kauai, you absorb it with every sense. It may get more than its fair shower of tropical downpours, but that just means it's lush and green--and that there's a profusion of rainbows.

Kauai is essentially a single large shield volcano that rises 3 miles above the sea floor. The island lies 90 miles across the open ocean from Oahu, but it seems at least a half-century removed in time. It's often called "the separate kingdom," because it stood alone and resisted King Kamehameha's efforts to unite Hawaii. In the end, it took a royal kidnapping to take the garden isle. After King Kamehameha died, his son, Liholiho, ascended the throne. He gained control of Kauai by luring Kauai's king, Kaumualii, aboard the royal yacht and sailing to Oahu; once there, Kaumualii was forced to marry Kaahumanu, Kamehameha's widow, thereby uniting the islands.

Today, the independent spirit lives on in Kauai, which refuses to surrender its island to wholesale tourism, preferring instead to take care of residents first (though it takes good care of visitors too). A Kauai rule is that no building may exceed the height of a coconut tree, between three and four stories. As a result, the island itself, not its palatial beach hotels, is the attention grabber. There's no real nightlife here, no opulent shopping malls. But there is the beauty of the verdant jungle, the endless succession of spectacular beaches, the grandeur of Waimea Canyon, and the drama of the magnificent Na Pali Coast. Even at Princeville, an opulent marble-and-glass luxury hotel does little more than frame the natural glory of Hanalei's spectacular 4,000-foot-high Namolokama Mountain Range.

Kauai's beauty has played a supporting role in more than 40 Hollywood films, from South Pacific and Blue Hawaii to Jurassic Park. But this island is not just another pretty face: Its raw wilderness is daunting, its seas challenging, its canyons forbidding--two-thirds of this island is impenetrable. This is the place for active visitors. There are watersports galore; miles of trails through rain forests and along ocean cliffs for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders; and a range of golf courses, from championship links to funky local courses where chickens roam the greens and balls wind up imbedded in coconut trees.

Kauai is also great for those who need to relax and heal jangled nerves. Here you'll find miles and miles of sandy beaches, perfect for just sitting and meditating while the waves roll onto the shore. There are also quiet spots in the forest where you can listen to the rain dance on the leaves, and an endless supply of laid-back, lazy days that end with the sun sinking into the Pacific amid a blaze of glorious tropical color.

 

 

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