GoNOMAD DESTINATION MINI GUIDE
By Monk Media
Paradise found. Hanalei -- not to be confused with Hanalee, home of that
stoned, overgrown lizard, Puff the Magic Dragon -- is one of Hawaii's most
beautiful beach towns. Located on Kauai's spectacular north shore and
sandwiched between steep, green mountains and a turquoise bay, this place
could take the edge off a razor.
WHEN TO GO?
It seems like a bit of an exaggeration to call this "weather."
Average high temperatures range from 79 in January to 82 in August. Cloudbursts
are frequent in the winter, but after it rains you can often see more
than a dozen waterfalls from town. Crowds peak during the summer,
winter holidays and around spring break.
GETTING THERE AND AROUND
Kauai's major airport is at Lihue. From there, catch the Kauai Bus,
grab a rental car or hitchhike (legal on Kauai) north to Hanalei.
When you're born on a surfboard and you grow up in Hawaii, you learn
to rip. After kindergarten gets out for the day, go watch the grommets
ride 10-foot waves at the mouth of Hanalei Bay.
MOST UNUSUAL ATTRACTION
The Blue Room is one of the strangest and most amazing places
in Hawaii. Less than a mile before Road's End, west of Hanalei, a dirt
turnout marks the beginning of a short trail. The trail leads up through
the jungle to a gaping cave filled with mineral water that has leached
through its porous basalt ceiling. At the back of the cave is a chamber
which, during the day, is illuminated by bright blue light passing through
the water below. Don't let the "Biohazard" sign at the cave's entrance
Catch a wave in Hanalei Bay, take a zodiac ride (800-422-7824) along
the coast, paddle the Hanalei River or take a hike in the rain -- not
necessarily in that order.
- Mahikoa's Hanalei Bay Inn
Located on the west side of town across from the school, is laid back,
relatively inexpensive and just two blocks from the beach.
- Bed, Breakfast and Beach
More expensive but definitely lives up to its name.
- There is also good camping up the coast from town. However, to avoid
being harassed by the fuzz, you must first get a camping permit back
at the Division of State Parks (Tel: 808-241-3444) in Lihue.
The permit office is only open from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. So
- The Hanalei Wake-Up Café offers great breakfasts in
a mellow, local atmosphere.
- Carnivores shouldn't miss Bubba Burger, which serves huge slabs
of beef at suspiciously low prices.
Shave Ice Paradise serves 17 flavors of traditional shave ice
and is a must-visit on a hot Hawaiian afternoon.