lei making; lei valley; crescent bay

Hanalei is an ahupuaʻa in the Haleleʻa moku on the island of Kauaʻi. Waters flow down the eastern slope of Waiʻaleʻale, just west of Pōhakupele, to form the Hanalei River. This river flows all the way through the Haleleʻa Forest, down in to the valley of Hanalei, and meets the ocean at the east end of the bay. Hanalei Bay is a large, crescent shaped bay fronting the Hanalei, Waiʻoli, Waipā, and Waikoko ahupuaʻa. From the bay, you can see the beautiful waterfalls flowing down from Nāmolokama. Kaliko is the peak to the east and marks the boundary between the Hanalei and Waiʻoli ahupuaʻa. That boundary line extends to Hīhīmanu then down towards the ocean.

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Hanalei: lei making, lei valley, crescent bay
Ahupuaʻa: land division usually extending from the uplands to the sea, so called because the boundary was marked by a heap (ahu) of stones surmounted by an image of a pig (puaʻa), or because a pig or other tribute was laid on the altar as tax to the chief
Moku: district, island, islet, section (in this case, moku means district)
Waialeʻale: rippling water, overflowing water
Pōhakupele: (literally) volcanic rock, also same as poʻapoʻai, a worm shell, a marine mollusk of the family Vermetidae
Haleleʻa: joyful house
Waiʻoli: joyful water
Waipā: dammed up water
Waikoko: bloody water
Nāmolokama: the interweaving bound fast
Kaliko: the leaf bud, child/descendant especially of a chief, shining, glistening, as with dew
Hīhīmanu: sting ray, eagle ray, lavish, magnificent, elegant

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Aerial of Hanalei Bay. Digital Image. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/6VmK8ZV1PzDC7S0pGTVcfElVtD7VeWpGs7aDBpwuHGIRA4kWkOsO5Oa4cTt27ZTSyBMIvqV_lsfJ-4m-J-m-KjuYeHJVa4rnUds4LzA_HbovYFNsBhZb0V4US0bdFEgretzdpMf382mEoY7pqZ3MwmbavHpMKSL-78hqdqPEARBGZxOipG3K3TlixUD7V1AMXn4.

Hanalei River. Digital Image. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8b/Hanalei_Valley_%282%29%2C_photograph_by_Brother_Bertram.jpg.

Elbert, Samuel H., and Mary Kawena Pūkui. Hawaiian Dictionary: Hawaiian-English ; English-Hawaiian. Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1999.

Map of Hanalei. Digital Image. http://www.islandbreath.org/hawaiinei/M7Kauai/M7KauaiRasterFile.png.

Nāmolokama. Digital Image. https://foodgps.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Kauai-Mountains.jpg.

Pukuʻi, Mary Kawena. ʻŌlelo Noʻeau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings. Bishop Museum Press, 1983. #2151.

Soehren, Lloyd J. “Hawaiian Place Names.” ULUKAU: The Hawaiian Electronic Library, 2002, ulukau.org/cgi-bin/hpn?l=en.