Nicknamed the “Garden Isle”, Kaua`i is a beautiful oasis of lush tropical forest and white sand beaches. It’s the fourth largest Hawaiian island, its circular shape comprising about 552 square miles. Although the island itself is fairly mountainous, about half of its shoreline is made up of sparkling beaches, making it a popular place for visitors who want to enjoy beautiful scenery while lounging on the sand. Kaua`i is the oldest island in the Hawaiian island archipelago, as it was formed as a result of volcanic activity in the Pacific Ocean that occurred about six million years ago. Some of the original volcanoes that formed the island remain visible today, including the tallest peak on the island, Kawaikini (5,243 feet tall) and the second tallest, Mt. Wailale (5,148 feet tall). The main industry on Kaua`i is tourism, and the island welcomes an average of about 1.2 million visitors each year. Sugar cane cultivation was also another one of the island’s most profitable industries, but today only one plantation is still in operation, and much of the rest of the island’s fertile land has been transformed into ranches.
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