Hanalei Today

Kauai, the Garden Island, is the oldest and Northernmost of the eight main Hawaiian Islands. The coastal town of Hanalei is arguably the most beautiful white sand beach and bay in the world. Hanalei Bay is known for it’s surfing, walking, swimming, sailing, boating, fishing and a variety of other fun activities.




 Hanalei - The History

 Hanalei Bay in 1929

People ate together sharing common bowls and eating with the fingers. Eating with ones fingers is an art, there is an etiquette to eating with others in this fashion which included not dripping poi off ones fingers back into the poi bowl, picking up small portions with the index finger, thumb and middle finger, sitting cross legged without your feet sticking out to one side or the front. Food bowls were never made from koa wood, they were made of kou and milo and gourds. Small bowls were made from small gourds and coconut shells which were also drinking cups. After eating a wash bowl was provided for washing ones hands which had become soiled from the food. Pig was not the common meat source, dog was the preferred meat, it was less greasy, tasted better than pork and was easier to raise and care for. A Hawaiian diet has lots of fish, vegetables starch, lu'au greens or 'uala greens, some chicken, dog and rarely pork. Seafood was usually cooked pulehu style or if placed in the 'imu puholo style steamed or lawalu wrapped in ti leaf. Poi was made from kalo, 'ulu, 'uala or mai'a. Food was not generally stored for anytime everything was fresh, prepared and consumed as was needed. Left over scraps of food were saved for the domesticated animals, dogs were fed only the scraps of the cooked kalo, thus the origin of the name "poi dog"

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This action guide has been designed as a community tool to provide k...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
This Community Guidebook explains why community based management is...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Traditionally, it was assumed that corals do not face a risk of exti...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
In 2012, the DOH worked with Stanford University and the U.S. Geolog...
Sunday, July 28, 2013
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the National...
Friday, November 30, 2012
NOAA Press Release - Nov 30, 2012In compliance with a federal court...
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Hanalei Watershed Hui is pleased to share with you the Revised D...
Monday, November 5, 2012
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Mass coral bleaching events have become a widespread phenomenon caus...
Sunday, May 13, 2012
My wife and I are volunteers with the Kaua‘i Monk Seal Conservation...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
This report summarizes a pilot study of consumption-oriented fishing...
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Get your copy of the 2015 Hanalei Moon & Tide Calendar. The four...
Monday, March 5, 2012
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States and Hawaii DLNR Division of...
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Some jobs around the home may require the use of products containing...
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tuesday was a great victory: the Pa’i ‘Ai Bill, also called the Poi...
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday unanimously...
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay is taking action on the need for repa...

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Kauai Wildlife Refuges

Hawaiian and Pacific Island National Wildlife Refuge found on Kauai:

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Photo of Hanalei NWR
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge - Photo credit USFWS

Visit our website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hanalei
Encircled by waterfall-draped mountains, the picturesque Hanalei Valley on the north shore of Kaua'i harbors the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge.

Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge

Photo of Huleia NWR
Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge - Photo credit USFWS

Visit our website at: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/huleia

Located on the southeast side of Kaua'i Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge lies adjacent to the famous Menehune Fish Pond, a registered National Historic Landmark.

Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge

Photo of Kilauea Point NWR
Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge - Photo credit USFWS

Visit our website at:http://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point

The refuge is located 2 miles north of historic Kilauea town on the northernmost tip of Kaua'i. It is the only refuge on Kaua'i open to the public and providing visitor services. Kilauea Point is a must-see destination for island visitors and residents alike.