for its spectacular beauty, Hanalei Bay is a long half-moon
of sandy beach carved into the base of a sheer cliff on
one side and narrowing into a rocky point on the other.
The beach is a great spot for walking or throwing a Frisbee
around. At the westernmost curve of the bay, you'll find
a calm shoreline where the water is relatively quiet even
when most of the north shore is too rough for safe swimming.
52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse was constructed in 1913, and
its beam once reached 90 miles out to sea. The lens is
the largest of its type ever made. The lighthouse has not
been in service since 1976. At Kilauea Point, you are at
the northernmost point in the Hawaiian Islands. Open Monday
- Friday 10 am - 4 pm, closed Saturdays, Sundays, Federal
holidays. (808) 828-1413.
Point National Wildlife Refuge
is the northernmost point of the Hawaiian Islands. Surrounding
the lighthouse is the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge,
home to an array of protected sea birds.
Valley Lookout offers one of the most famous views on
Kauai. The valley is one mile wide and six miles long.
Most of the taro grown in Hawaii is grown here. On the
valley floor is a one-way truss bridge built in 1912.
The bridge was damaged by a tsunami in 1957, and subsequently
has it that the rainbow came to Hawaiian Islands from
the bluffs just beyond the valley when a piece of brightly
colored kapa cloth was thrown into a pool below Namolokama
Falls, and its colors arched up in the mist.
rising as high as 4,000 feet are accessible along the beautiful
Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast. Hiking, helicopter
or rafting trips offer spectacular views of the region
where many believe that the Na Pali spirits can play tricks
on hikers and campers alike. Some historians claim that
the Na Pali region was the first part of Kauai to be settled.
Haena and Hanalei Bay is the most photographed beach on
Kauai. Lumahai Beach is where Mitzi Gaynor "washed
that man right out of her hair" in South Pacific
Mission House is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. Built of coral limestone blocks in 1837, its chimney
was put in place by the Reverend William Alexander, the
first missionary on Kauai. The house was restored in 1921,
and is currently undergoing another restoration. The Mission
House will reopen for tours after renovations. Wai'oli
Mission Hall and picturesque Wai'oli Hui'ia Church (founded
in 1834) are nearby.
familiar peak can be seen from Ha'ena and is easily recognized
as "Bali Hai" from the movie South Pacific. During
special occasions, the ancient Hawaiians would climb Mount
Makana and throw burning spears into the wind to sail across
the sky and eventually land in the ocean.
is a famous movie location and excellent snorkeling area,
located at the foot of the Na Pali Coast Trail. Kee Beach
appeared in the popular television mini-series, The Thorn