History / Trivia:
The Kiawah Indians, were the earliest people to inhabit the island, which provides the Island its name. They lived in scattered villages on the mainland and barrier islands around Charleston. The Kiawah people were a hunter-gatherer society, using dugout canoes to travel the creeks, rivers, and marshes where they hunted and fished.
The first English colonists settled in Charles Town (now Charleston) Harbor area, rather than Port Royal. It was the Kiawah Indians who encouraged them to do so. They first befriended the settlers in 1670, and in 1675, were convinced to sell the land of Kiawah Island for nothing more than “cloth, hatchets, beads, & other goods”.
Kiawah Island Living:
Kiawah Island is a private gated community located 21 miles outside of Charleston. Kiawah Island is referred to as “The Hamptons of the South”. A drive through a canopy of live oaks makes the drive peaceful and beautiful. Living with 10 miles of beach, 5 designer golf courses, 22 tennis courts, 35 miles of shaded bike paths and beautiful views and nature at it’s best can be like living in paradise. There is also a 3 block area filled with boutique shopping, a grocery and dining. Homes range form small villas to multiple million dollar homes with panoramic views.