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Name the place thread (Hawaiian names please)

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Name the place thread (Hawaiian names please)

Being a first time tourist, I am not aware of names for many places on the island.

This is especially true of the valleys and beaches I saw on aerial tour.

I am sure I am not alone so I want to start this thread so that we can post a link to picture or google map and get answers.

It will also help everyone to learn the proper names of teh beautiul places on this island.

To start off this thread I am posting few questions.

1. Is there a name for this beach. Google says the bay is called Wainiha bay but Wainiha beach park is further north.


2. This is a reef by Hanalei colony resort. It is little north of Wainiha.

Is there a name for the beach and is it suitable for snorkeling?


Here is an aerial view of Wainiha beach park, this reef, Tunnels reef and Ke'e beach.


3. This is Lumahai beach right? What is the name of the river/stream meeting the ocean here?



4. Nualolo Kai state park?


5. Kalalau beach?


6. Hanakoa beach?


7. There were so many waterfalls but this series of waterfalls caught my eye - any name for these cascades?


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11. Re: Name the place thread (Hawaiian names please)

Janet mentioned the book of place names, which is a fascinating cultural resource because it gives you the names and their history/lineage. However, it is hard to do a geographical lookup on the book--you essentially have to read it cover-to-cover, and it does not list everything. However, there is hope, most of the names in that book appear on the USGS 7.5-minute topographic maps (the highest scale maps that cover Kaua'i in 11 sections). In addition, the maps have many named features in the interior of the island (streams and waterfalls), so whoever made them really did their research.

Fortunately, the maps are available online, so you can go looking if you know approximately where your picture was taken:

The most recent maps are available as a huge file covering the whole island ("Download GeoTiff" on this page): soest.hawaii.edu/coasts/data/kauai/drg.html

Older maps (placenames should still be there) are available individually: …hawaii.edu/coasts/data/kauai/1963drg.html

I like maps, and I also have all these topos on paper, on my wall. But maps aren't everything, because there is also the day-to-day usage by the local people, and that's often a bit different. Also, it might have been that every little stretch of sand had a name, but not all have been passed down to map-makers and the current generations. Somebody might know, but that doesn't mean the name is commonly used or even recognized by other locals. To try to answer your questions:

1. This isn't named on the topos, but I would say it is Wainiha Beach. The area that people now call Wainiha (around the store) is labeled Halehomaha, and the beach there has a different name (Kepuhi Pt.). If you wanted to be unambiguous, I would call it Wainiha Bay Beach.

2. That area is labeled Laeoka'onihi on the topo (and my limited Hawaiian fails me for a translation). But I can guarantee you almost nobody knows it by that. Still, it would be good to revive the traditional Hawaiian names that we do know, and I always try to seed the internet with the correct names. As for snorkeling there, I would say yes if the conditions are right (low swell, low current). The best resource for Kaua'i's beaches is the book "Beaches of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau" (amazon.com/Clark-Beaches-Kauai-Niihau-Kolowa…). Note that your photo is centered on the Kepuhi Pt. I mentioned above.

3. Yes, that is Lumahai beach. It is almost a mile long, and the eastern end with the trail down to the rocks is best know for being in the South Pacific movie, but the whole thing is called Lumahai beach. The river is the Lumahai River, one of the major watersheds on Kaua'i at 10 miles long, which is why they call it a river and not a stream, I guess.

4. Yes, the reef at Nualolo Kai, which is administratively part of Nualolo Kai State Park on the map. Though I think now it is being collectively managed with Miloli'i and Kalalau as the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.

5. Yes, Kalalau beach.

6. No, there is no beach at Hanakoa, just rocks and a sea cave. That is the western portion of Honopu Beach. The Honopu arch is under the hill on the right of the photo.

7. These are the falls above Manawaiopuna (Jurassic Park) falls on a branch of the very remote Koula River (which is the name of the upper part of the Hanapepe river). The most prominent one on the right is the only named one on the topo map: Kahili Falls. But collectively, they are commonly called the 7 Sisters, though I do not know if that is traditional or made up by helicopter pilots (you can google it to find more pics of them, but there is also a 7 sisters waterfall in Norway).

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12. Re: Name the place thread (Hawaiian names please)

Since you want names, and I like to guess at photos, I had a look at your whole helicopter flight. Some of those shots of the Tunnels reef are exceptional (for example: https://picasaweb.google.com/111806628113547092341/KauaiDay1?authkey=Gv1sRgCL2xqaT4vrjPBw&noredirect=1#5874537998512563954).

Here are a few more names:

Photo 8, "Menehune Fishpond in South Lihue," that area is properly called Niumalu.

Photos 37-40 I assume are in the upper Hanalei valley, but I don't recognize all the peaks.

Photos 41 and 42 are the upper Hanalei River valley, and the 2 waterfalls are commonly called the "twin falls" (find more images by googling twin falls Kaua'i).

Photo 43 is Pohaku Pele (Pele's Stone/Peak) in the foreground and the Wailua gorge (aka Blue Hole) in the background. You can see a tip of the Wai'ale'ale rim peaking out through the clouds at the top.

Photo 45 must be the Kapaia reservoirs, I've never seen them before as they're on private land and I haven't gone on a helicopter tour. But the flooded valley shape is distinctive and easy to find on the map between Wailua gorge and the airport.

Photo 46 is probably Maalo Rd, Hwy 583 to Wailua Falls.

Photo 47 is the back of Kalepa Ridge overlooking the town of Hanamaulu, just North of Lihue.

Photo 48 is Hanamaulu.

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13. Re: Name the place thread (Hawaiian names please)

I am not sure how I missed this.

I thought I setup notification for any replies.

Thank you KauaiHiker for identifying the places.

I have updated the captions in the pictures.

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