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Kauai, HI
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Kauai, HI

Kauai is exactly what people picture when they imagine Hawaii--jungles, waterfalls, cliffs dropping down to turquoise ocean. Along Kauai’s North Shore, natural beauty soars to the supernatural; on the south side, sprawling beaches make for family-friendly getaways.

More: Beginner's guide to Kauai

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