The sunny west side of Kauai is like stepping back in time to ``Old Hawaii.`` With 0-30 inches of rain per year, it is the driest part of the island. With an old west feel, Waimea is home to the ``Grand Canyon of the Pacific`` Waimea Canyon is located in Kokee State park, also home to hiking trails and breathtaking views of the iconic Napali Coast. The forest is blooming with wildflowers, and resides a staggering 3,200 - 4,200 feet above sea level. For history buffs, the west side has Captain Cook's Landing and Russian Fort to bring you back to the sugar plantation era. Past the oceanside drive through Kekaha and Waimea you will find Polihale State Park, with over 13 miles of pristine white sand beach, where the west side meets the Napali coast. Enjoy some of the best sunsets and stargazing in the world. If you are lucky, you may find a sunrise shell!