Kauai Island NORTH: Beautiful mountain scenery, an abundance of ocean attractions, and an excellent selection of vacation properties. East: Kauai’s most lively region with many small shops and restaurants. Many affordable rental choices. South: Year round sunny weather with several good beaches and a large number of condo rentals. West: Arid, hot and dry. Hawaii’s biggest beach (Barking Sands/Polihale) is in this region as well as the spectacular Waimea canyon.