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kokee state park
Kokee State Park The park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from a 4000-foot elevation. Take part in wildland picnicking and hiking in native rain forests and along the rim of Waimea Canyon. Kokee is an excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects, as well as seasonal plum picking and trout fishing.
haena state park
Haena State Park This scenic wildland park lies at the “end of the road” on Kauai's north shore, and is an extremely popular destination for both visitors and locals. View wet caves — ancient sea caves formed during a higher stand of sea close to 4,000 years ago, enjoy beach-related activities, shore fishing, viewing of spectacular Na Pali Coast and swimming at Ke‘e Beach. The turquoise cove provides a picturesque setting to enjoy a picnic or stroll on the beach.
Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park The only site with remains of a Russian fort in Hawaii, the Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park sits on the eastern bank of the mouth of the Waimea River on Kauai. The fort, also known as Paula ula o Hipo, was originally built by a Hawaiian workforce on a Russian design. Today, parts of the ruins of the fort remain, including a clearly visible old staircase. Some of the original stone walls also still exist in the mixture of Russian and Hawaiian building styles.
Keahua Arboretum Divided evenly into two sections by the Keahua Stream that lends its name to the arboretum, this thirty-acre forest park is a quiet and serene botanical oasis enveloped by the mountains and tropical forests of eastern Kauai. The stream provides access to several large swimming holes, so be sure to bring a towel and anticipate a dip in the waters. Groves of mango and monkeypod trees and a number of exotic tropical plants make their home in this garden paradise.
kauai lighthouse
Kilauea Point Refuge The Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful landscape to appreciate the natural wonders of Kauai. This is a great place to observe native Hawaiian wildlife, particularly several sea birds that are not commonly seen on the crowded beaches on other parts of the island. Look for Laysan’s albatross, frigate birds, the Hawaiian nene goose, and red-footed boobies. Binoculars are helpful to locate and identify the nesting birds without disturbing them. The refuge is also home to the Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai's northernmost point.