Top 5 favorite Hawaii valleys: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Derek Paiva
posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 at 02:33 AM
How green are our valleys? Green, indeed.
Not to mention—according to superlatives many of you sent our way—lush, beautiful, best-in-all-the-world, heavenly, even magical.
We’ve counted up the votes from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll question: “What’s your favorite Hawaii valley?” We asked. You answered. We now have your Top 5!
Maui may have been given the nickname the Valley Isle. But you’ll find some of the most breathtaking valleys in all the world on just about every Hawaiian Island. As with Hawaii's best waterfalls, you’ll find valleys of all shapes, sizes and terrains here—populated and pristine, remote and easily accessible, mauka and makai, lush and rugged.
We received hundreds of votes for your favorites—from remote valleys on Kauai’s rugged Napali Coast to the rain-kissed valleys of the Big Island’s scenic Hamakua Coast, and everything in between (including a few in urban Honolulu).
If you’d like to join in on our next poll and vote along with our growing Facebook fan page ohana, click here, then press the “like” button at the top of our Facebook page. Become part of our HAWAII Magazine Facebook ohana and you’ll get our “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them, and also get instant updates on your Facebook wall when we post all of our daily HawaiiMagazine.com stories and features.
We’ll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine’s Facebook page in the days ahead, so join soon if you haven’t yet.
But first, let’s visit some valleys. Here’s the Top countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii valleys:
Fans of Waimea Canyon might disagree. But there may be no vista on Kauai more photographed than Hanalei Valley on the island’s green north shore. Why? Access, for one thing. The best view of the valley is from a popular lookout conveniently located on Highway 560, just before you descend into the valley and onward to Hanalei town. The other reason, of course, is Hanalei Valley’s rustic beauty—though not pristine, its wide floor is filled with picturesque taro farms cut by the windy Hanalei River. The valley is also home to the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, a safe haven for endangered waterbirds, waterlife and plantlife.
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