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The island of Kauai is the oldest of the major islands in the Hawaiian chain. Kauai's volcano has been extinct for over 5 million years. It is also the northern most island and generally the first island to receive "weather" generated from the huge body of water north and west of Hawaii. Rain clouds are attracted by land mass and the first spot many of the north Pacific weather patterns are drawn to is Kauai and in fact so much rain is attracted to the island that it's summit of Mount Wai'ale'ale is the wettest spot on the planet with an average yearly rainfall of 420". The extreme rainfall, pounding surf and constant trade wind breezes have contoured the island into a series of sculpted peeks with razor edge ridges which are laden with dripping green jungles and immense waterfalls. On the eastern portion of Kauai can be found an alluvial plain of relatively flat topography that is detailed with gently flowing serpentine shaped navigable rivers suitable for kayaking and other river going vessels.