Locally known as the west side, Kaua‘i’s leeward coast is Hawaii’s take on the wild west. A geologist’s dreamland, the landscape out here contradicts itself with rolling white beaches, vast canyons, deep rivers, and dry desert land. The west and driest side of the island is a land without frills, but it offers something unique for art buffs, history fans, nature lovers, and beach bums alike.
Art enthusiasts can view local creations and mingle with their crafters. Those hot for history can take a historical walking tour, browse an antiques shop, and visit landmarks that mark the change that led Hawaii to its current state. The outdoors types can camp in the mountains or at the beach, hike, bird watch, and bicycle. Beach bums can surf, swim, stand-up paddle, and snorkel. From Hanapepe to the west end of the Na Pali Coast the sun is almost always shining, and the red dirt tints everything from vehicles to buildings.