Taking in Kauai’s culture is as easy as soaking up its sun. Discover ancient sacred sites on the banks of rivers, in parks, or among the cliffs. Kauai beaches are also filled with history and drama. You’ll soon know why more than 60 movies and television shows have been filmed on Kauai.

Smile, Be Happy

Locals are almost always smiling and happy. Stress isn’t common since Kauai’s people aren’t in a hurry to get anywhere. In fact, don’t be surprised if Kauai people wave and say hi. While Disney calls itself the happiest place on earth, Kauai can’t be far behind. Kauai was voted the friendliest island on a Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards survey.

Ancient Kauai

Kauai is the oldest island in Hawaii, featuring lush mountains, fertile gardens, and idyllic beaches.

There are three expansive and pristine gardens to explore on Kauai: McBryde Garden; Allerton Garden; and Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Visit the National Tropical Botanical Gardens and you’ll understand why they call Kauai the “Garden Island.”

The Kaua’i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today’s artists. This year, we have embarked on a journey to revitalize the historic buildings that have been home to our collections.

You can explore the spirit of Kauai by visiting its charming small towns. Wander through Koloa town, the home of Hawaii’s first commercial sugar mill. Or visit Hanapepe, “Kauai’s Biggest Little Town,” a sleepy town that is the art capital of Kauai.