Hawai‘i Trivia: Ten Questions About Kaua‘i

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Let’s face it. Hawai‘i is downright fascinating. It’s the most isolated land mass, with the world’s tallest mountain (measured from the ocean floor), and the most active volcano, and that’s just three off the top of our heads! (Read more about Hawai‘i’s unique characteristics here).

Now its time to test your knowledge of Kaua‘i. Scroll down past the photo and let’s see how you do with these ten questions:


Waimea Canyon, Kauai
A view of Kaua‘i's breathtaking Waimea Canyon


1.  Kaua‘i’s nickname is:

a) The Emerald Isle

b) The Garden Isle

c) The Orchid Isle

d) The Gathering Place

2.  The wettest spot on earth is Mount Waialeale on Kaua‘i. The annual average rainfall there is:

a) 250 inches

b) 350 inches

c) 450 inches

d) 550 inches

3.  The first traffic light on Kaua‘i was installed in:

a) 1969

b) 1973

c) 1981

d) 1990

4.  Kaua‘i is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain. It is approximately:

a) 500,000 years old

b) 1,000,000 years old

c) 3,000,000 years old

d) 5,000,000 years old


5.  The building code on Kaua‘i reads:

a) “No building shall be taller than five stories high.”

b) “Buildings are not to exceed one story per acre of land of the property to be built on.”

c) No building shall be taller than it is wide.”

d) “No building shall be higher than a coconut palm.”


6.  In terms of geographic size Kaua‘i is the:

a) 3rd largest island

b) 4th largest island

c) 5th largest island

d) 6th largest island

7.  Kauai Coffee Estate is the largest coffee plantation on Kaua‘i. How does it stack up to coffee farms in the U.S.?

a) Largest

b) 5th largest

c) 7th largest

d) 10th largest


8.  What percentage of Kaua‘i is inaccessible by foot?

a) 25%

b) 48%

c) 55%

d) 70%


9.  Which statement about Kaua‘i is true?

a) Kaua‘i hosts the third most visitors annually versus the other islands.

b) Kaua‘i has one active volcano.

c) Kaua‘i is the only island with navigable rivers in the state.

d) Kaua‘i has the tallest waterfall in the state.


10.  The oldest hotel on Kaua‘i opened in:

a) 1860

b) 1890

c) 1910

d) 1925


Let’s see how you did!

1. b) Kaua‘i is known as The Garden Isle.

2. c) For comparison, Seattle gets just over 37 inches per year; London, a mere 22. Next time you’re complaining about the rain, think about that.

3. c) 1981. Believe it or not, Moloka‘i has yet to install its first traffic light.

4. d) 5,000,000 years old.

5. d) And by coconut palm, they mean four stories.

6. b) Fourth largest. The island of Hawai‘i (aka The Big Island) is the largest, followed by Maui, O‘ahu and then Kaua‘i.

7. a) It’s the largest, which is surprising considering that the Big Island’s Kona coffee gets all the attention.

8. d) 70%. Geographic wonders like Waimea Canyon and the Nāpali coast help make such a huge portion of the state inaccessible.

9. c) Only Kaua‘i has navigable rivers. Kaua‘i is fourth in visitors, all its volcanos are extinct, and the tallest waterfall is on Moloka‘i.

10. b) Opened as the Fairmont Hotel, it changed names to the Lihue Inn in 1925 and is today is known as the Kauai Inn.


For more trivia, check out our other quizzes:

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Hawai‘i Trivia: Ten Questions About The Pearl Harbor Attack from Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Hawai‘i Trivia: Five Questions About USS Battleship Missouri

Hawai‘i Trivia: Test Your Knowledge With These Five Questions About Maui


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