From the Hanelei Valley Overlook you can see a spectacular lush vista of multiple
shades of green from the majestic mountains with waterfalls to the half-mile
patchwork of kalo (taro) ponds. The fertile and ancient kalo lo’i (the flooded
taro fields) of Hanalei have fed the Hawaiians since the first Polynesians arrived
here. Currently, it still produces most of the state’s taro for poi. If you want to be
enveloped in the magic of Hanalei, paddle upstream in a kayak, or go Hawaiian
style in an outrigger canoe from Hawaiian Surfing Adventures, on the Hanalei
River, which cuts through the verdant valley to the National Wildlife Refuge. The
917-acre refuge was established in 1972 and provides crucial habitat to over
40 species of birds including endangered waterfowl such as the ae‘o (Hawaiian
stilt), ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (coot), koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck) and ‘alae ‘ula (moorhen).
You can also paddle downstream when conditions permit into Hanalei Bay.
Kayak Kaua‘i rents kayaks and offers a variety of guided tours from the family-friendly adventure to Secret Falls via Wailua River to the seasonal epic NŠ pali
Coast odyssey for the physically fit, where you will paddle beyond Kalalau Valley
past sea caves, waterfalls and stop and play at a secluded beach. Contact
Hawaiian Surfing Adventures (808) 482-0749 or Kayak Kaua‘i (808) 826-9844.