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Population:
- Kaua‘i County: 58,436
- Island of Kaua‘i: 58,303
- Island of Ni‘ihau: 160

Area: 552 sq. mile

Official color: purple.

Official flower: Mokihana (Green Berry)

Nickname: "The Garden Island"

Wettest Place on Earth: With 472 inches of precipitation each year, Mt. Waialeale on Kauai is the rainiest and wettest spot on the planet.

Kaua‘i is the legendary home of the Menehune, a mythical race of very small people who performed legendary feats of construction and engineering.

Landmarks: Na Pali Coast, Hanalei Bay, Wailua River, Nawiliwili Bay, Poipu Beach, Waimea Canyon, the great "hidden" valley of Kalalau.

Hollywood movie settings: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Tears of the Sun, Honeymoon in Vegas, King Kong, Blue Hawai‘i and South Pacific.

Kauai has the only navigable rivers in the state.

Kauai is about 5 million years old, the oldest in the Hawaiian chain.





Kauai is the only Hawaiian Island never conquered by King Kamehameha I.

Kauai County includes the privately-owned island of Ni`ihau, which is home to about 180 Native Hawaiians.

Kauai has more species of endangered forest birds than any other island.

Kauai Coffee is the largest coffee plantation in the United States.

Kauai is the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain, which is the most isolated inhabited land mass in the world.

Captain Cook made his first landing in the Hawaiian Islands at Waimea.

Kauai grows more taro than other island.

Some of the cliffs along rugged Napali Coast reach heights of 2,500 feet.

Kauai is the only island without the mongoose.

Waimea Canyon is about one mile wide, 3,600 feet deep and 10 miles long.

Historic Kilauea Lighthouse has the world¹s largest clamshell lens.

Kawaikini is Kauai's highest mountain, at 5,243 feet.