Hanalei: A Kauai River Town

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Many know Hanalei from the film South Pacific, or the song Puff, the Magic Dragon. But few know the history of this plantation town, which is protected by a bay, nourished by four rivers, and bordered by the treacherous Na Pali Coast.

It was in the Hanalei region that the volcano goddess Pele fell in love with Kaua'i chief Lohi'au in Hawaiian myth and legend. In the early 1800's it was the site of a silkworm plantation that exported high-quality silk to Mazatlan and Mexico City....

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Overview

Many know Hanalei from the film South Pacific, or the song Puff, the Magic Dragon. But few know the history of this plantation town, which is protected by a bay, nourished by four rivers, and bordered by the treacherous Na Pali Coast.

It was in the Hanalei region that the volcano goddess Pele fell in love with Kaua'i chief Lohi'au in Hawaiian myth and legend. In the early 1800's it was the site of a silkworm plantation that exported high-quality silk to Mazatlan and Mexico City. By 1920, Hanalei was the top rice-producing region in the Islands and today, Hanalei continues to balance economic development with the values of its Hawaiian forebears.

Daniel Harrington's thoroughly researched book chronicles the history of Hanalei, from the arrival of the Polynesians nearly two thousand years ago to the unexpected visit of a pod of melon-headed whales in 2004. Augmented with photographs, reference maps and a guide to the area's native birds, Hanalei: A Kaua'i River Town brings the story of the town and its surrounding environs to life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566478472
  • Publisher: Mutual Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 227

Meet the Author

Daniel Harrington resides in Hanalei and has been an educator on Kaua'i's north shore for the last fifteen years. He loves to surf and hike throughout the Hawaiian Islands, and enjoys learning about Hawaiian history, culture, and native species.
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