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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Fresh, Hawaii-grown pineapple.

It’s what’s on the menu at Hawaii chef Alan Wong’s Oahu restaurants in September. That is, a special a la carte dining, cocktail and dessert menu, which guests can enjoy all month at Wong’s flagship Alan Wong’s Restaurant in metro Honolulu and Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Center.

Wong’s restaurants have been spotlighting a different Hawaii-grown or -produced ingredient on special a la carte menus each month. Mangoes were the featured ingredient in June, the peak of the fruit’s Hawaii growing season. Island-produced eggs were the a la carte menu focus in August.

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Pineapple Glazed Smoke Pork Shoulder w/ Pineapple Honey Mustard Relish

With pineapple at its harvest peak in the summer, Wong—one of the pioneering chefs of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement—didn’t want the warm season to end without crafting a menu for the popular fruit.

“This year’s pineapple crop in Hawaii has been really good,” says Alan Wong’s Restaurants marketing manager Nicole Ng. “September, in particular, is looking to be a great month for island-grown pineapple.”

Hence, special a la carte menus (accompanying Wong’s regular dining menus) featuring pineapple for breakfast (Pineapple “Soup” w/ Fresh Fruit), lunch (Pineapple Glazed Pork Loin w/ Pineapple Chutney), dinner (Lobster, Kauai Shrimp & Octopus Ceviche on Frozen Pineapple “Tiger’s Milk”) and dessert (Pineapple Upside-Down Cake), among other pineapple-inspired offerings.

Because we’re serious cocktail aficionados, we’re also down with a menu of pineapple libations crafted by Wong for the month. In particular, a Pineapple Margarita made with fresh pineapple and lime, and Hawaii-made okolehao. (Okolehao is a rum-like Hawaiian liqueur made from the root of the ti plant.)

For the chef’s complete pineapple menu, visit Alan Wong’s Restaurants website from Sept. 1- Sept. 30.

Alan Wong’s Restaurant, 1857 S. King St., 3rd floor, (808) 949-2526; The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, Macy’s at Ala Moana Center, 3rd floor, (808) 945-6573.

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Pineapple "Soup" w/ Fresh Fruit

Photos: Alan Wong
 

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A new U.S. Postal Service stamp pane featuring the native plants and wildlife of Hawaii’s rainforests will receive its first-day issue at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park this Wednesday, Sept. 1.

If you’re on the Big Island that day, you're invited the stamp pane's first-day cancellation and unveiling ceremonies. The morning ceremony will be free and open to the public, as will entry to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park until noon.

In June, HawaiiMagazine.com reported that the newest stamp pane in the United States Postal Service’s Nature of America Series would feature a painting of a Hawaiian rainforest by Big Island wildlife artist John D. Dawson.

The location for the stamp’s first-day issue at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is fitting. Dawson’s painting—his 12th for the annual stamp series—was partially inspired by the native rainforests surrounding the park’s Thurston Lava Tube. Additional design inspiration for the painting came from the Olaa Rainforest Reserve near Hilo—where Dawson lives.



Here’s the schedule for Wednesday’s stamp-issuing festivities at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:


• 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Hawaiian Rainforest stamp panes and postal cards will be sold and given first-day U.S. Postal Service cancellations on the Kilauea Visitor Center lanai.

• 11 a.m.-Noon: Unveiling ceremony at Kilauea Visitor Center hula platform. The ceremony program will include:

Hawaii_rainforests_new_stamp_first_day_issue-    Artist John D. Dawson (pictured, right) discussing his inspiration for the painting.

-    Oli (Hawaiian chant) and hula by kumu hula (hula instructor) Ab Kawainohoikalai Valencia and Halau Hula Kalehuakiekieikaiu.

-    Presentation of colors by Waiakea High School Navy JROTC Colors.

-    Remarks by Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi and U.S. Postal Service Deputy Postmaster General/COO Patrick Donahoe.



The USPS has released a new pane in the Nature of America stamp series annually since 1999, with a goal of educating people about the nation’s diverse plant and wildlife communities. Previous stamps in the series included Dawson paintings of the Sonoran Desert, Pacific Coast Rainforest, Pacific Coral Reefs, Southern Florida Wetlands and the Arctic Tundra.

Two dozen different plant and animal species native to the Hawaii rainforest are shown in Dawson’s acrylic painting for the “Hawaiian Rain Forest” stamp pane. Among these are ohia lehua and koa trees, palapalai and hapuu pulu ferns, the happyface spider and opeapea Hawaiian hoary bat and colorful birds like the apapane, iiwi, akepa and omao.

To read more about the “Hawaiian Rain Forest “ stamp pane and artist Dawson, click here for an article we wrote when the stamp was first announced.

If you can’t be on the Big Island for the ceremony, you can still purchase a first-day "Hawaii National Park"-postmarked “Hawaiian Rain Forest” stamp pane or postal cards from the USPS Postal store.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's main entry gate is located off Highway 11 (the Hawaii Best Road).


Illustration: USPS/John D. Dawson. Photo: John D. Dawson.
 

"Best of Hawaii" 2010: Our favorite Hawaii cultural events



best_of_hawaii_favorite_Hawaii_cultural_events_2010The 2010 HAWAII Magazine “Best of Hawaii” issue is arriving in subscriber mailboxes and on sale nationwide now! It’s always one our most popular issues of the year, always a keeper.

And as always, it’s loaded with picks from our knowledgeable HAWAII Magazine and HawaiiMagazine.com readers and our editorial staff, sharing their advice and insights on the best our Islands have to offer.

The “best” of what you ask? The best of everything Hawaii, of course.

Among the “best” in this year’s “Best of Hawaii” issue? Readers selected their favorite spots on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island for a photo opportunity, shave ice flavor, swimming beach, splurge and inexpensive restaurants, retail stores, month to visit Hawaii and hiking trails. We sought out expert advice on best tips for creating beautiful Hawaii photos, best swimming beaches and hiking in Hawaii. Our editorial staff pitched in with our picks for favorite Hawaiian music albums and Hawaii shave ice toppings.

You’ll have to pick up a copy of the “Best of Hawaii” issue to see all of our reader and editorial staff picks, or subscribe to HAWAII Magazine. But for our HawaiiMagazine.com readers, we thought we’d share “best of “ picks from one of our editorial staff-chosen categories: HAWAII Magazine’s Favorite annual Hawaii Cultural Events.

We’ve selected one event each from the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, Molokai and Kauai, and included dates for the next one (so you can pencil a few into your Hawaii vacation plans).

Let’s begin on the Garden Isle ...

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Kauai Mokihana Festival

Kauai’s Malie Foundation puts on events to educate people about Hawaiian language and culture. The events culminate in this seven-day festival. (The mokihana berry is the official Kauai flower for lei.) There are competitions for Hawaiian instrumental music, composers, and youth groups, ending with a three-day hula competition at the Kauai Beach Resort.

Kauai Beach Resort, 4331 Kauai Beach Drive, Lihue, (808) 822-2166, www.maliefoundation.org

2010 dates: Sept. 19-25
2011 dates: Sept. 18-24

 
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Kauai_Koloa_Rum_Co_gold_medalIn the January/February 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine, we brought you a feature article on Koloa Rum Co., whose quartet of premium rums are the first and only distilled liquor ever produced for retail on Kauai.

Having sampled a fair share of the Lihue-based distillery’s gold, white and dark rums—you know, for research purposes and all—before putting the feature together, we’d become instant fans. In particular, we came away impressed with Koloa Rum Co.’s Kauai Dark Hawaiian Rum, with its deep coffee coloring, inviting vanilla and caramel nose and luxuriously smooth taste. 

“Every mai tai should have this,” we thought. And apparently, we weren’t alone.

Recently, Koloa Rum Co. took home the gold medal in the dark rum category at the 2010 RumXP International Tasting Competition—a prestigious honor for rum in its first year of production. The competition, held at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, was judged by a panel comprised of rum experts from around the world, sequestered for two days in a room for a blind tasting of 100 rums. (Tough job. The line to apply forms right in back of us, by the way.)

There were eight rum categories. Koloa Rum Co.'s Kauai Dark Hawaiian Rum won gold in the dark rum category.

Headed for a Kauai vacation soon? You can enjoy free samples of every one of Koloa Rum Co.’s rum varieties (including its new spiced rum) at its tasting room and company store. Just pull in at Kilohana Plantation, just outside of Lihue at 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway. If you’re a rum aficionado, we can’t imagine you walking away without a bottle to take home.

Before you go, however, check out the feature article below on Koloa Rum Co. by HAWAII Magazine editor John Heckathorn, from our January/February 2010 print edition. Though co-owner Greg Schredder, who was interviewed for the article, has since parted ways with the company to pursue other business interests, the story of how Koloa Rum Co. brought its rums to market is still a fascinating one:


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Kauai Rum Co.'s Greg Schredder in front of his rum tasting room and company store. Photo by Kicka Witte.


“Sugar Daddy”


How Kauai’s first distillery also saved a longtime Kauai family business.

By John Heckathorn
(from the January/February 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine)


Greg Schredder has 35 tons of Kauai sugar stored away. He doesn’t have a sweet tooth. He makes rum.

Schredder had a career in manufacturing, from toys to TVs to scuba equipment. He retired to Kauai, to surf and raise his family. In hopes of providing jobs for young people on the island, he set out to create some kind of value-added product using Kauai sugar—and, in the process, saved a long-time Kauai family business.

What he couldn’t save was sugar. Kauai’s only remaining plantation, Gay & Robinson, harvested its last crop in October 2009.

That explains why Schredder warehoused a three-year supply. “After that, we’ll probably have independent growers to supply us, using the best fields,” he says. “We could use Maui sugar, but we are all about Kauai. We want a Kauai product.”

His Kauai product is the first distilled liquor ever on the island, Koloa Rum. After consulting experts as far away as Michigan State University, he’d finally realized that Hawaii was the only sugar-growing area in the world that didn’t also have a rum industry.

“I thought that we’d have a bottle in our hands in two years,” he says. “It took nine.”

Why so long? To distill spirits, you need permits. Plus, Schredder and his partners encountered the usual difficulties in starting a Hawaii business: “Land costs more than it does anywhere else, and you have to ship everything in.”

Difficulty turned into opportunity, both for Schredder and the small Kauai town of Kalaheo. In Kalaheo, a family called the Tateishis had, since 1931, made jams, jellies and syrups the old-fashioned way, from handpicked, often wild fruit— guava, lilikoi (passion fruit), coconut and pineapple.

In 1990, when its patriarch, Hiroshi Tateishi, was ill, the family sold the business. Hiroshi’s daughter, Fay, had stayed on for years, the third generation of Tateishis making Hawaiian Kukui Brand fruit specialties.

Kukui’s annual revenues had once topped $1 million, but, by the time Schredder looked at the business, they had fallen to $40,000 a year. Even worse, in 1992, Hurricane Iniki blew off part of the roof of the production facility. It was never been replaced; the company just moved to the back of the building. “When we saw the facility, it was pretty deteriorated,” said Schredder. “It was going to cost a lot of money to get it back in shape.”

 

Maui_Witts_End_Mel_Witt_videoEveryone’s heard of the road to Hana. Thousands of Maui visitors drive it each year. It's one of the most scenic roads in Hawaii.

Less is written about Maui’s other hidden drive, the road from Kapalua around the north side of the West Maui Mountains, even though the road is just as scenic as the Hana Highway. Along the road, which winds along Maui’s northernmost point, you’ll encounter a rugged lava coastline, with remote snorkel spots, beaches, marine preserves and even a village, Kahakuloa, tucked along a rocky bay.

In the September/October 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine, we take you with us for a drive on that road. In the feature, “Maui’s Hidden Drive,” we introduce you to the beaches, bays, small towns, businesses and people of Maui’s rugged, yet very scenic northern tip.

In previous web posts, we introduced you to Hawaii music legend Richard Hoopii, who sang us a sweet song about his hometown, “Ohuohu Kahakuloa,” from his Kahakuloa backyard. Photographer David Croxford got soaked bringing you video of the Nakalele Blowhole.

Maui_Witts_End_Mel_Witt_videoAll along the road, you'll find fruit stands. In this post, we bring you a glimpse of our favorite, Witt's End, manned by "Marvelous Mel" Witt, who played defensive end for the then-Boston Patriots from 1967-70, and works some of the time as a celebrity bodyguard on Maui.

Witt sells pineapples, coconuts and jewelry made by his daughter. But mainly he dispenses wit and wisdom. We think you'll enjoy this sampling from Witt's End.

[We didn't shoot this video, and we apologize for the misspelling of Witt's name, but otherwise, this was exactly what it was like for us when we met Mel, too. A  tip of the hat to Michael ("theace12003"), who put this video together.]


 
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Duke_Kahanamoku_OceanFest_2010Longboard surfing! Tandem wave riding! Stand-up paddleboarding! Volleyball! Surf polo! Open ocean swims! Luau!

If you’re in Waikiki all next week, from Sun., Aug. 22 to Sat., Aug. 28, you’ll get to experience all of the above—from surf to shore—at the 9th Annual Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest. Put together by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation, the weeklong festival at Waikiki’s Kuhio Beach celebrates the life and passions of the Hawaii water legend.

Monies raised from the fest's weeklong schedule of ocean contests benefit athletic scholarships for Hawaii students competing in water sports and volleyball, and athletic grant programs.

If you live in Hawaii or visit us often enough, you're likely already familiar with the legacy of Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku. Kahanamoku all but ruled the surf breaks at Kuhio Beach for much of his life, as one of Waikiki’s most famous beach boys and watermen.

He brought home five Olympic medals for swimming at the 1912, 1920 and 1924 summer games—three of ‘em gold. Post-Olympics, Kahanamoku became Hawaii’s first real ambassador of surfing, generating worldwide interest in the sport on his travels. He was the first inductee to both the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Surfing Hall of Fame.

A Waikiki statue honoring Kahanamoku, who passed away in 1968 at age 77, is one of the most popular photo spots on Kuhio Beach, and ground zero for next week’s OceanFest.

We’ve listed the complete Duke Kahanamoku OceanFest schedule below, by day, from Aug. 22-28. Except where noted, nearly all of OceanFest’s sports competitions and events are free and open to the public.

See you on the beach!


Sun., Aug. 22

• 10 a.m.
Hoomana Opening Ceremony
, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, 2005 Kalia Rd., Waikiki
 


Duke_Kahanamoku_OceanFest_2010Tues., Aug. 24

• 7 a.m.
Sunrise Blessing
, Duke Kahanamoku Statue, off Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki (pictured, right).
The blessing ceremony honors the 120th anniversary of Duke’s birth.

• 8:30 p.m.
Toes on the Nose/Gidget Kick-Off Party,
Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber, 2300 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki



Wed., Aug. 25

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• 15th annual Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Hawaii Longboard Classic
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
The world’s best male longboard riders compete.

• Gidget  Womens’ Pro Longboard Open, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
The world’s best female long board riders compete.

• Cabana's Pool Bar and Nashville Waikiki Tandem Championships, Kuhio Beach, Waikiki
Teams made up of two individuals on one surfboard display serious acrobatic and balance skills in competition.



Thurs., Aug. 26

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
• 15th annual Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Hawaii Longboard Classic
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Competition concludes from previous day.

• Gidget Womens’ Pro Longboard Open, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Competition concludes from previous day.

• AccesSurf Challenged Athlete Surfing Contest
, Kuhio Beach, Waikiki
 Competition showing off wave riding skills of physically-challenged surfers.

• 2 p.m.
C4 Waterman Stand-Up Paddleboard Race
, Queen’s Beach, Waikiki
Stand-up paddleboarders race on a course off Waikiki.

 

Made_in_Hawaii_Festival_2010Earlier this week, we gave you a list of places to find Hawaii gifts and souvenirs actually made in Hawaii.

But if you’re on Oahu this weekend and looking for Hawaii stuff to take back home that wasn’t made in China, Malaysia or even Honduras, make sure to set aside a few hours for the 15th annual Made in Hawaii Festival.

The bonus here for souvenir and gift hunters? The largest annual marketplace you’ll find for Hawaii-made clothing, art, food, crafts, ceramics, bath and body products, jewelry and home furnishings and accessories. More than 450 vendors in all, this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 20-22, at Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena.

Every product sold at the festival must meet state law criteria for the “Made in Hawaii” label. That means no King Kamehameha the Great statues from China. No ukuleles made in Taiwan. No aloha shirts made in Honduras. And definitely no Big Island taro chips manufactured in Fresno.

Click here for a list of 2010 Made in Hawaii Festival vendors.

Made_in_Hawaii_Festival_2010You can even ship your purchases back home to the Mainland without leaving the festival site, via an on-site U.S. Postal Service booth (stocked with plenty of flat-rate boxes).

The Made in Hawaii Festival is such a must-attend for both visitors and residents, we even named-checked it as one of the Islands’ best annual festivals in our 2009 HAWAII Magazine Best of Hawaii issue. (By the way, you’ll find our brand-spanking new 2010 HAWAII Magazine Best of Hawaii issue in bookstores and newsstands nationwide right now.)

If you attend, be sure to also stop by the fest’s cooking demonstration area—sponsored by HAWAII Magazine sister publication Honolulu Magazine. The draw here? A full-weekend schedule of Hawaii chefs showing off their most popular dishes (and how to make ‘em), using Hawaii-grown or produced ingredients.

Among the line-up of chefs at the cooking demo area:

• Elmer Guzman (Poke Stop), 2 p.m., Fri., Aug. 20
• Isaiah Cantotay (Good to Grill), 4 p.m., Fri., Aug. 20
• Darren Demaya (Kai Market at Sheraton Waikiki), 6 p.m., Aug. 20

• Chai Chaowasaree (Chai’s Island Bistro/Singha Thai Cuisine), noon, Aug. 21
• Marc Anthony Frieberg (Mariposa at Neiman Marcus), 4 p.m., Aug. 21

• Almar Arcano (Formaggio Wine Bar/Formaggio Grill), noon, Aug. 22
• John Memering (Kalapawai CafĂ© & Deli), 2 p.m., Aug. 22

Made_in_Hawaii_Festival_2010This year’s roster of cooking demo chefs even includes a real, credential-carrying Iron Chef—Masaharu Morimoto (pictured, right), who’ll be opening his first Hawaii restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki, later this year at the new, luxe and uber-mod Waikiki EDITION hotel. Ask him what he really thinks about Chef Bobby Flay at the Made in Hawaii Fest's cooking demo area, 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 21.

Made in Hawaii Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3, free for children age six and under.

For more information, check out the Made in Hawaii Festival website.

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hawaii_souvenirs_gifts_from_HawaiiIn HAWAII Magazine’s new September/October 2010 annual BEST of HAWAII issue, we highlight the results of an afternoon’s shopping in Waikiki.  We bought eight items, including a grass skirt-coconut bra combo and the fine statue of Kamehameha the Great that you see here.

The kicker? Although most of the items we bought said "Hawaii" on them somewhere, none were actually made in Hawaii. The grass skirt came from the Philippines. The statue of the Great Unifier of the Islands? Made in China.

If you’d like to make sure what you bring home from the Islands is actually Island-made, we’ve put together a list of stores that specialize in selling authentic Hawaii-made products.

If you’re shopping on Oahu, you might want to look into stores like Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i in Ward Centre. Na Mea Hawaii (translation: "Hawaiian Things") also has a store in the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Stores like Na Mea carry authentic and culturally accurate wares, including handcrafted items, gift baskets, books, clothing CDs and DVDS and even food products.

On the following pages, we present a sampling of other retailers statewide specializing in selling authentic Hawaii-made products. They're arranged by island, for your convenience, with Web links when available. Many of the retailers also sell their products online, so you can get Hawaii-made products even when you can't be here.

Happy shopping! (Click the link below to start.)

 

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Everyone’s heard of the road to Hana. Thousands of Maui visitors drive it each year. It's one of the most scenic roads in Hawaii.

Less is written about Maui’s other hidden drive, the road from Kapalua around the north side of the West Maui Mountains, even though the road is just as scenic as the Hana Highway. Along the road, which winds along Maui’s northernmost point, you’ll encounter a rugged lava coastline, with remote snorkel spots, beaches, marine preserves and even a village, Kahakuloa, tucked along a rocky bay.

In the September/October 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine, we take you with us for a drive on that road. In the feature, “Maui’s Hidden Drive,” we introduce you to the beaches, bays, small towns, businesses and people of Maui’s rugged, yet very scenic northern tip.

In a previous video post, we introduced you to Hawaii music legend Richard Hoopii, a master in the Old Hawaiian leo kiekie falsetto style. Hoopii sang us a sweet song about his hometown, “Ohuohu Kahakuloa,” from his Kahakuloa backyard.

Further up the coast from Kahakuloa, at the northernmost tip of Maui, we stopped at the natural wonder you’ll see in the video below: the Nakalele Blowhole.

You’ll find the blowhole on the east side of Nakalele Point, about 200 yards down a steep, boulder-strewn path. At a blowhole, surf crashes through a hole in the lava rock shelf and blasts up in the air like a geyser.

When the surf’s gentle, people crowd near the blowhole and shriek when it erupts, spraying them with water. If the surf is high, we recommend exercising caution. Regardless of surf conditions, you should never sit in, stand next to or place your body over a blowhole. People sometimes drown that way.

HAWAII Magazine photographer David Croxford shot the video here of the Nakalele Blowhole erupting on a excited bunch of Maui visitors, just before he got soaked with cold ocean water himself.

You get to stay dry and enjoy it at the same time!



Video and photos by David Croxford

 

Kauai_Napali_trail_closing_for_two_monthsNine miles of trail at Napali Coast State Wilderness Park on Kauai will close to the public on Sept. 7, for improvements and clean-up. The trail will open again on Oct. 31, 2010.

If you’re planning a hike on the scenic Kalalau Valley coastal trail between both dates, here’s what you need to know:

• The closure affects the nine miles of Napali coastal trail from Hanakapiai Valley to Honopu Valley, which includes access to popular beach and camping spots at Kalalau Valley. The first two miles of the trail from Kee Beach to Hanakapiai Valley (including the valley trail to Hanakapiai Falls) will remain open for hiking.

• Ocean access to Kalalau Valley and Honopu Valley will also be closed.
The area of the coastal trail slated for repair will also be closed to all ocean-based access, including ocean tours. But the closure is business as usual for both Kalalau and Honopu Valleys, which is annually closed to ocean access from Sept. 7 through May 15.

• Ocean access at Nualolo Kai and Milolii State Parks, west of Honopu Valley, will be allowed,
including access for ocean tours.

The closure of the Napali coastal trail, its first in decades, will allow the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to complete necessary clean-up, trail repair and rockfall mitigation at the remote, but much-used wildnerness area.

The work will also include reducing the number of feral animals in the area and clearing and cleaning up illegal campsites at Kalalau Valley. A campsite near Hoolea waterfall will be closed permanently, as will other sites in the area subject to frequent rockfall caused by erosion.

The state will also install new directional, interpretive and warning signage on the trail, and survey the condition of the area’s Hawaiian archaeological and cultural sites.

Inaccessible to all but the hardiest of adventurers, the 16-mile Napali Coast on Kauai’s northwest side is a garden of unblemished natural treasures, recently voted by HawaiiMagazine.com readers as their No. 2 Favorite Natural Wonder of Hawaii. The area’s secluded white sand beaches, isolated waterfalls and lush valleys were a primary Hawaii shooting location for the crew of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides this summer.

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Honopu Valley

Photos: Wikipedia Commons
 
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