The Land of Hanalei
Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A.
As a great fan of Peter, Paul and Mary and their song "Puff
the Magic Dragon", it was a surprise to discover the Land of
Hanalei on Kauai. The Hanalei Valley is very rural, scenic,
agricultural, undeveloped, and borders on the sea. It fits the
song perfectly, despite a small difference in pronunciation.
The main crop in Hanalei is traditional Hawaiian taro.
Hanalei's taro fields are a lovely green. The Hanalei area is a
wildlife refuge, and among its efforts at preservation are a
series of single lane bridges, as shown in my video. The
narrow bridges act as an obstacle to development schemes.
More of the Hanalei valley. There is a small Hanalei Village
near Hanalei Bay. However, shortly after leaving Hanalei,
the road comes to an abrupt stop at the huge cliffs of the Na
Pali Coast. There are limited choices for seeing the 22 mile
Na Pali Coast: a foot trail suitable for native Hawaiians (too
dangerous), zodiac trips (too wet), and helicopter tours (the
best choice for me). Climb aboard. The helicopter is next.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free streaming video of this trip,
"Lava Luau", by clicking on AdventurePics .