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Kauai is geologically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. With an area of 562.3 square miles (1,456.4 km²), it is the fourth largest of the main islands in the Hawaiian archipelago, and the 21st largest island in the United States.

kauai, Hawaii
kauai, Hawaii

The United States Census Bureau defines Kauai as Census Tracts 401 through 409 of Kauai County, Hawaii, which is all of the county except for the islands of Kaula, Lehua, and Niihau. The 2010 census population of Kauai (the island) was 67,091, with the largest town by population being Kapaa.

kauai, Hawaii
kauai, Hawaii

Native Hawaiian tradition indicates the name's origin in the legend of Hawaiiloa - the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Kauai after a favorite son; therefore a possible translation of Kauai is "place around the neck", meaning how a father would carry a favorite child. Another possible translation is "food season".

kauai, Hawaii
kauai, Hawaii

Kauai was known for its distinct dialect of the Hawaiian language that is still spoken on the neighboring island of Niihau. Whereas the standard language today is based on the dialect of Hawaii island, which has the sound [k] at the beginning of words, the Kauai dialect was known for pronouncing this as.

kauai, Hawaii
kauai, Hawaii

The major regions of Kaua`i can be defined by their location on the island relative to the prevailing trade winds. The north and east sides of the island are on the "windward" side of the island, where the winds blow onto the shore. These parts of the island tend to get the most rain, and as a result, are the greenest and most tropical parts of the island.

kauai, Hawaii
kauai, Hawaii

The south and west sides of the island are on the "leeward" side of the island, which receive less rain since most clouds have already dropped their rain on the windward side of the island.

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