Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Great Kauai Tour: Interesting Facts in the Pacific (part 1 of 2)

Hawaii is brimming with culture and traditions which is why millions of visitors flock to the islands from all over the world every year. A Kauai tour is one of the best experiences since you get to enjoy the tranquil scenes, beautiful people and fun-filled activities that make it a very unique place. The island has been the site of many interesting events and holds tales that most individuals only thought were myths.

Good Things to Know

Most areas of Kauai are part of Kaua’i County particularly the city of Lihu’e which is the seat at the southeast coast of the island. Lihu’e is the 2nd biggest city on the island although Kapa’a on the “Coconut Coast” which is situated about 6 miles north has 2 times more people with a population of around 10,000. Waimea at the southwest region used to be the capital of Kauai and was the first island visited by Captain James Cook in 1778. The town of Waimea is found at the mouth of Waimea River which formed Waimea Canyon or “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” which measures 3,000 feet deep.

Although Hawaii is abundant in both animal and plant species, there is a unique presence of feral chickens in Kauai. Experts speculate that indirect changes in the ecosystem particularly in wild roosters and hens occurred due to Hurricane Iniki in 1992.

A chicken farm was said to be destroyed or sugarcane plantation laborers brought and raised so many chickens resulting to free-roaming chickens today. In the evening, you may notice wild roosters crowing. Huge numbers of Kauai chickens however, are dying most probably because of bacterial infection from overpopulation.

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