Description - The Kaua'i State Park System protects and preserves nine naturally and historically significant sites around the island. From the rugged Na Pali coast to a Russian-engineered fort, these parks protect diverse resources.
- Natural resources protected on Kaua'i include volcanic formations, waterfalls, rivers, rain forests, beaches and endangered bird habitat. Historical resources protected within the park system include traditional Hawaiian religious sites, Hawaiian alii birthing stones and a Russian fort. The parks provide public access to most all of these sites.
Recreation - Recreation at the state parks on Kaua'i ranges from scenic driving to backpacking on the Na Pali coast. Visitors can enjoy slogging through extreme terrain or walking along a sunny beach. Surfing, swimming, hiking, camping, picnicking, kayaking and boating are a few of the recreation opportunities available at state-administered sites on the shores and interior of Kauai.
Climate - The climate on Kauai varies more with the terrain than the seasons. Generally, the coastal temperature changes little throughout the year with an annual average of 74 degrees F. The higher elevations of the interior of the island includes the wettest place on earth, Mt. Waialeale. This region averages higher than 4,000 feet and receives nearly 500 inches of rain. If your planning to camp in the higher elevations of Kauai, I recommend layers and rain gear. Temperatures drop four degrees F with every 1,000 feet gained in elevation.
The State Parks on Kauai are scattered throughout the island. See the individual park descriptions for locations.