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Jan 30, 2014 - Sun. Jan. 26 - Kauai Day 2 - PM

On our way back from Kilauea Point we went to Hanalei Valley. To get to Hanalei we had to drive over a renovated truss bridge. Our instructor (also an ecologist) complained FHWA wanted to give them a standard bridge and wouldn't give them money to renovate the truss because it was only one lane. They wanted to keep the one lane bridge because of its historic value. There were several other single lane bridges in the valley that also needed renovated and this was the trial case. Apparently he "won". He was quite proud the bridge had a wooden...

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Jan 10, 2013 - Waterfalls and Hanalei Bay

Aloha, Despite the bad weather on the eastern and northern shores during all but one day of our visit here to the Garden Island, we all decided to just bite the bullet and head off in that direction with a few stops along the way. Our first stop was at the island's only WalMart to pick up a few supplies and check it out before heading to our first destination - Wailua Falls! We found the turn-off and followed the road to the end of it and walked out to the overlook to see the Falls - and even managed to spy a very small rainbow along side...

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Jan 4, 2013 - Checking Out the North Shore

Our game plan for today was to head in the exact opposite direction and head to the other “End of the Road” on Kaua’i with this route taking us up to the North Shore region of the island. Once again we thought we drive to the furthest point initially and then make the return with many stops along the way – however, we didn’t necessarily follow that plan and started taking some detours to various beaches along the route. It was really fun driving through the quaint Hawaiian villages along the route and definitely plan to return to them and...

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Apr 9, 2008 - Kayaking and Snorkeling

We went on a kayak tour with Kayak Hanalei with two Hawaiian locals as our guides They took us in a van to Hanalei Bay where we launched the kayaks. We paddled up the Hanalei River with the guides telling us about the plants and wildlife of Kauai. The river was calm with no current so it was easy paddling. We then paddled into the bay where we saw a green sea turtle. We went ashore at a little cove called Hideaways Beach to snorkel. The water was deeper than the other sites we have snorkeled with fingers of rocks with sand in between. There...

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Dec 9, 2006 - Hawaii: Kaua'i

Well Paul and I have lucked out because we've found this awesome place to stay in Hanalei Bay, it's such a beautiful island, very lush, and well we're staying put for 3 nights here before hitting northshore (and thankfully the surf competition hasn't started yet due to too much wind!)...catch you later xxx

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Oct 13, 2006 - a beach for everyone

Snorkle Bob's, a ubiquitous presence on all the Hawaiian Islands, was our first stop today. We rented some fins (too heavy to bring from home with our snorkles and masks) so that we could go snorkling. Bob recommended a beach on the North Shore at the end of the road. It was only a twenty mile drive, but the last eight miles twisted and wound around a mountain and were slow going. We paused many times to wait our turn on a series of one lane bridges. We certainly were not in Honolulu anymore! Because there is so much rain here there are...

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Nov 22, 2005 - North Shore Outdoors

Mention Hawaii, and people immediately conjure the iconic images: sandy beaches, thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs overlooking pounding surf, foliage growing wild, suntanned surfers, blue skies and bluer waters. In reality, not all of Hawaii quite fits this fantasy. But Kaua'i's North Shore will not disappoint. The most scenic stretch lies from the Hanalei Bridge to the End of the Road at Ke'e Beach. I'm currently staying in Hanalei, a surf town since the 1970s. For years the town remained small and slow. "If you were sitting in the...

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