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Kalalau Kid Tip of the Day

Napali coast wisdomWhen searching for either firewood or fruit, you want to avoid the green stuff. With this in mind, remember to look for seasoned firewood among the dead branches up in the trees, and the ripe fruit will be on the ground.

Andy Irons’ Memorial Service on Hanalei Bay

Andy Irons Memorial

A memorial service for Kauai's beloved surfing legend, Andy Irons, will be held at Pine Trees on Hanalei Bay, Sunday 11/13/10 at 11:00am. Thousands of mourners are expected tomorrow with parking at the soccer field and some type of shuttle system. for more details...
Aloha Update Article

Click below to view a couple of images; a beautiful floral memorial in bamboo, ti leaves, heliconia and ginger as well as the tent setup in preparation.

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Hawaii’s DLNR Master Plan for the Kalalau Valley

The DLNR's plan calls for re-shaping the Napali Coast to make it safe for hiking and camping

Sources close to Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources say that the recently completed rockfall mitigation operation in the Kalalau Valley is just the first stage in a comprehensive master plan to make the state park safe for the public.

In addition to deciding to maintain the bathrooms again... finally, whew! and some much-needed trash mitigation, the state will make a renewed effort to keep the valley clear of illegal campers and illegally-grown Read the rest of this entry »

Aaron Feinberg’s Art Gallery Opening in Hanalei.

Aaron Feinberg's amazing Kauai photography

A friend of a friend on the mainland emailed me this picture, asking if I recognized it...meaning the place. It is a wave breaking along the Napali. The picture happened to be taken by Aaron, a good friend of mine. Aaron is an amazing photographer. He has the ability to make light liquid and to catch that nanosecond of magic within a moment.

Well tomorrow Aaron is opening his first gallery at the Kauhale Center in Hanalei, "A Fein Photo Gallery". The opening is from 5 to 9 pm and there is a free gift for the first 50 people. Come on out and support my favorite photographer on the whole planet. aFeinbergPhotography

Update: The opening was a well-orchestrated affair with some serious pupus to go along with great music and of course Aaron's otherworldly images. "A Fein Gallery". The crowd was huge and enthusiastic. Dress was from beach casual to high heels and cocktail dresses. Aaron apparently knows just about every beautiful woman on the north shore, as they were all attending. The display of his craft was very well done and professional. Be sure to stop in if you get down Hanalei way. I guarantee his images will amaze you.

Anini Beach north shore Kauai

Anini Beach

Anin Beach Park | On the road to Kalalau

Located on Kauai’s north shore between the towns of Kilauea and Princeville, this 2-mile long, narrow strip of pristine white sand has something for everyone. With the largest protected coral reef in the Hawaiian islands, Anini is one of the few places on Kauai’s north shore where you can safely swim throughout the year. The beach drops off very slowly and it is possible to wade out hundreds of yards offshore. It is a favorite playground of families with small children. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering The Napali (Part 2: The Trail)

The Kalalau Trail

Well I have to tell you, Secret's Beach is nice, even in winter. In total I spent 5 days on that beautiful beach until finally I decided that even though already in paradise, I owed it to myself to check out this Kalalau Valley that I had so carefully researched.

I stocked up on a few consumables and hitch-hiked to Ke'e beach and the trailhead. As we crossed the Hanalei Bridge it started to rain. And not just any rain Read the rest of this entry »

Ask the Kalalau Kid

Kalalau Kid

The Kalalau Kid kindly answers the crazy and curious questions concerning Kauai's Napali coast. This week's question:

"How Hard is the Trail, Really?"

Haena Beach Park | Gateway to Kalalau

Haena Beach Park | On the road to Kalalau

Also known as Maniniholo Beach for large schools of Manini (convict fish) frequenting the coral reef offshore, Haena Beach Park is the favorite camping spot of the Kalalau crowd, both with first-time visitors and long-time locals. This eclectic group tends to hang out on the East side of the park, nearby the Nanoa Stream, which borders the park. The park is situated on Kauai's north shore on Highway 56 near the 9 mile marker, less than a mile from the trailhead. This makes it the ideal staging area for your adventure along the Napali Coast. Read the rest of this entry »

Discovering the Napali (Part 1: Secrets)

Secrets Beach | On the road to Kalalau

How did I come to discover the Na Pali Coast? The Hawaiian Isles have always held a certain magical, romantic, exotic charm for me... Tarzan and Jane in the tree-house, without all the annoying crocodiles, elephants and cute, but mischievous monkey.

My love affair with this wondrous coastline began as a left-brained intellectual approach to seek out and find the true, untouched Hawaii romanticized in the movies of the '40s and '50s.
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North Shore Kauai LInks
Refreshment

North Shore Grindz
Great brick oven pizza at a reasonable price... good burgers, salads, coffee and breakfast too.

Neides
Good Mexican food with a decided Brazilian flair... Good Prices and they serve a variety of ice cold beer, perfect just coming off the trail.

Kalalau Spirit

Taylor Camp Movie
John Wehrheim's movie on Kauai's hippie commune of the '70s.

aFeinbergPhotography
Aaron takes stunning photos of the beauty of the Napali Coast and Kauai's north shore.

Heartbeat of Kauai
Richard Diamond has been publishing the Museletter online since 2002, bringing together Kauai's community.

Athena Grace
Athena paints wonderful tapestries with words, soaking in life's wonder in a Zen manner.

More Napali Websites

Na Pali Coast Ohana
A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage and natural treasures of the Na Pali.

Kalalau Trail Guide
More good information on hiking the Napali Coast Trail.

Cool Links

The Tenth Dimension
A great movie on visualizing the 10th dimension.

The Story of Stuff
Dramatic video on where stuff comes from and where it goes. should be required watching for all consumers.