is a Family Beach and Golf Resort located on a barrier island 15 miles South of Historic Charleston,SC Charleston County, South Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,163. It is a major U.S. tourist site which offers expensive spacious villas, large highly acclaimed golf courses, beaches, and other attractions. Kiawah Island is part of the Charleston–North Charleston–Summerville Metropolitan Statistical Area. Kiawah Island is home to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.1 km²), of which, 11.2 square miles (28.9 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km²) of it (17.58%) is water.
Kiawah was named for the Kiawah Indians who were led by their head chieftain or cassique. In the year 1720, the Cassique of the Kiawah led English Colonists to settle at Charlestowne Landing.