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Kauaʻi (Hawaiian IPA pron.: [kauˈa.ʔi]; Kauaʻi-Niʻihau dialect: [tauˈa.ʔi]; usually spelled Kauai outside the Hawaiian Islands and pronounced [kəˈwɑ.i]) is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands.


Nā Pali Coast State Park encompasses 6,175 acres (25 km²) of land and is located in the center of the rugged sixteen miles (26 kilometers) along the northwest side of Kauaʻi. The Na Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Keʻe Beach extending all the way to Polihale State Park on the oldest inhabited Hawaiian Island. The pali, or "cliffs", rise as high as 4,000 ft (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The Na Pali Coast state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley.


Although inaccessible to automobiles, this coast can be enjoyed by hiking, boating or from a helicopter.


There is no known meaning behind the name of Kauaʻi. Native Hawaiian tradition indicates the name's origin in the legend of Hawaiʻiloa — the Polynesian navigator attributed with discovery of the Hawaiian Islands. The story relates how he named the island of Kauaʻi after a favorite son.


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