An aerial view of Kauai Hawaii and the Hanalei Bay

About Kauai

Where is Kauai?

Kauai is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. It is the northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain and is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain peaks, and jagged cliffs. Kauai was ceded to the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1824 and has a population of approximately 66,000. The island is home to popular attractions like Waimea Canyon State Park, the Wailua Falls, and some of the best hiking and kayaking in Hawaii.

What is the weather in Kauai?

The Hawaiian Islands enjoy a moderate tropical climate throughout the year. Kauai boasts average yearly temperatures ranging between 69 and 84 degrees. Ocean temperatures are also perfect, ranging from 71 to 81 degrees year-round.


Fall (September to November): 85-81°F (29-27°C)
Winter (December to February): 79-78°F (27-26°C)
Spring (March to May): 78-81°F (26-27°C)
Summer (June to August): 83-85°F (28-29°C)

There is no "rainy season" in Kauai. Although there is generally more rainfall during the winter, there is not a season when you can expect prolonged periods of rain.

What is the Kauai forecast?

View the current forecast here.

When is the best time to go to Hawaii?

Any time is the best time to go to Hawaii, with year-round moderate climate and mostly sunny days.

What are some things to do in Kauai?

Ocean sports such as stand-up paddling, surfing, kayaking, and snorkeling are popular choices. Other outdoor adventures include amazing hiking experiences, catamaran sails, zip-lining, horseback riding and much more. For suggestions, check out our Things to Do page.

How do you pronounce Kauai?

The pronunciation of Kauai is "kow-wah-ee."

What is the Kauai population?

Kauai's population as of the latest US Census Bureau estimates (2017) is 72,159. It's the fourth largest in population of the eight Hawaiian Islands.

What is Princeville, Kauai?

Princeville is a 9,000-acre, upscale, master-planned community on the North Shore of Kauai. The area was named in honor of the 1860 visit by Prince Albert Kamehameha, son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. Princeville Resort is located here overlooking Hanalei Bay.

Are there golf courses in Kauai?

Yes, the award-winning Princeville Makai Golf Club is located right here in Princeville. View more information here.