Hawaii is brimming with culture and traditions which is why millions of visitors flock to the islands from all over the world every year. A Kauai tour is one of the best experiences since you get to enjoy the tranquil scenes, beautiful people and fun-filled activities that make it a very unique place. The island has been the site of many interesting events and holds tales that most individuals only thought were myths.
Good Things to Know About Kauai
Most areas of Kauai are part of Kauai County particularly the city of Lihue which is the seat at the southeast coast of the island. Waimea at the southwest region used to be the capital of Kauai and was the first island visited by Captain James Cook in 1778.
Hawaii is abundant in both animal and plant species, there is a unique presence of feral chickens in Kauai. Experts speculate that indirect changes in the ecosystem particularly in wild roosters and hens occurred due to Hurricane Iniki in 1992.
Chicken farms are said to be created by plantation laborers bringing and raising so many chickens resulting in free-roaming chickens today. In the evening, you may notice wild roosters crowing. However, huge numbers of Kauai chickens are dying most probably because to bacterial infection from now overpopulation.
Kauai tours continue to be popular since more than 70 Hollywood movies and television shows have been shot in the island. Included in the list are the musical South Pacific, Jurassic Park which was filmed at Waimea Canyon in 1993, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Six Days Seven Nights, the King Kong remake, Donovans Reef in 1963, Blue Hawaii, Disneys Lilo & Stitch and South Pacific wherein some scenes were filmed in Hanalei. You can also find the U.S. Navys Pacific Missile Range Facility or Barking Sands on the western shore of Kauai.
Kauai used to have the distinct dialect of the Hawaiian language although it became extinct and was replaced with standard language based on the dialect of Hawaii island. Today, some places are still referred to in t such as Tapaa for Kapaa and Tauaii for Kauai.
More Kauai Culture and Experiences
Aside from its melodic language, Kauai features the best of Hawaiian music using a variety of instruments like the ukulele and slack-key guitar. The most prestigious hula school used to be located in Kauai.
Millions of people look forward to a Kauai tour with the lei which are colorful fragrant garlands made of ilima, carnation and plumeria. Anise-scented mokihana lei which are made of Kauai berries are also placed around the neck of visitors occasionally.
Hula dancers used to place lei made of green maile leaves at the altars of Laka, the hula goddess.