Kauai Named Hawaii’s Best Island

LIHU’E, Kaua’i, Hawaii, July 13 /PRNewswire/ — The endorsement of customers is the opinion most valued, which explains why Kaua’i's visitor industry is thrilled with Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2006 World’s Best Awards.

Kaua’i — called Hawai’i's Island of Discovery and for good reason — has been ranked as the #1 island in Hawai’i by readers of Travel + Leisure in the category of World’s Best Islands.

“Because this honor is voted on by travelers, being named ‘Hawai’i's Best Island’ is a wonderful reflection on Kaua’i's communities and people and the aloha they share with our visitors,” said Kaua’i Mayor Bryan Baptiste. “I commend our visitor industry for its dedication and hard work on behalf of our island home.”

One of the travel industry’s preeminent publications, Travel + Leisure magazine surveyed its readership during the first quarter of 2006 in determining the results for its World’s Best Islands. Respondents judged the islands based on five characteristics: natural attractions; activities/sights; restaurants/food; people; and value.

Kelly Hoen, general manager of Princeville Resort and chair of the Kaua’i Visitors Bureau (KVB), noted that Kaua’i's tropical diversity makes the island special. “Kaua’i is the Hawai’i that everyone dreams about,” said Hoen. “You can bask on a wide-open beach and minutes later find yourself hiking through a tropical rainforest. Travelers are always struck by our abundance of natural beauty and I think it showed in this year’s survey.”

Kaua’i ranked second among the overall listing of World’s Best Islands, trailing only Bali. The remaining top ten islands were, in order, Maui; Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; Mount Desert Island, Maine; Tasmania; Hawaii’s Big Island; Galapagos Islands; Santorini; and Phuket, Thailand.

Edie Hafdahl, KVB’s director of sales and marketing, will accept the award for Kaua’i at Travel + Leisure’s annual awards ceremony in New York City on July 20. The complete listing of the World’s Best Awards will be published in the August issue.

Nicknamed the Garden Island, Kaua’i is green and flourishing with lush flora that runs from the mountains to the ocean. Kaua’i offers more than 50 miles of white sand beaches — more beach per mile than any other island in Hawai’i. Only three percent of the island is developed for commercial and residential use.

Other natural wonders include the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon, dubbed “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by author Mark Twain, and the 3,000-foot towering mountain cliffs overlooking the Napali Coast along the northwest shoreline.

A wealth of outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, mountain tubing, horseback riding, ATV adventures, zipline aerial tours, helicopter and boat tours, offer memorable vacation experiences for the whole family. Kaua’i is also home to four of Hawai’i's top 15 golf courses.

For travel information about Kaua’i, Hawai’i's Island of Discovery, visit online at www.kauaidiscovery.com or call KVB’s toll-free information line at 800.262.1400.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kauai Visitors Bureau

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