|View from a back road near Po'ipu|
|Menehune Fish Pond|
|Nene birds with their babies|
|Hanalei - taken from the pier|
|The creek that runs to Hanalei|
|Very shallow beach|
|Stop on the way back|
I had been to Hanalei Bay before, almost 20 years ago (before Hurricane Iniki) with my mom and sister and my mom's friend Chuck, and remembered it as a calm and lovely place to get some sun. It was also the meeting place for rafting tours to the Napali Coast. (You can only reach it by ocean, air or if you hike in. No roads go to the coast in order to keep it pristine.) I hadn't actually realized quite how lovely it is! Everywhere you turn, the sun is hitting the surrounding mountains in just such a way as to dazzle you! And standing at the end of the pier made you feel like a mermaid able to balance on the ocean's water. You're able to look down on the waves and surfers passing by... it's really fantastic! I loved the shallowness of the water, which allows you to walk very far out to look for seashells, without having to get your hair wet, if you don't want to. Contrary to my photos, there were a lot of people here, but not so many that you had to watch where you walked or anything. A lot of people were barbecuing out by their vehicles, parked higher up on the sand. Many surfers come out here to surf, and hang out, but they have a long way to walk to get to the deeper part of the ocean.... though that's part of the lovely journey, isn't it?