Hanalei Town is a peaceful spot just west of Princeville on Kauai’s North Shore. The name Hanalei means “crescent bay” in Hawaiian and may be indicative of the shape of Hanalei Bay. It also means “lei making”. This charming town is home to many historic places including the Waioli Mission House.
At the foot of Hanalei’s green mountains lies taro fields. Taro (“kalo” in Hawaiian) are heart-shaped plants used to make poi, a staple starch in Hawaii. It is also for some Hawaiian dishes such as laulua.
The community of Princeville overlooks the entrance to Hanalei River. Once a coffee plantation site, Princeville is now the largest planned development on Kauai. It’s home to some of Hawaii’s finest resorts, golf courses and restaurants. Princeville real estate also boast some high-end homes.
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