Nawiliwili Travel Guide

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Nawiliwili Things to Do

  • by jhollar Written Oct 11, 2009

    My family paddled about two miles through the Hule'ia National Wildlife Refuge, home to many of Hawaii's native wetland birds and plants. The majestic Mount Ha'upu where the opening of MASH was filmed was our backdrop as we paddled.

    We also famous movie locations (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park ) and historic sites such as the Alekoko (Menehune) Fishpond. My 11 year old son and 7 year old daughter thought that was great and came back home and showed me movie clips. At the end of our 2.5 mile one-way paddle, you will take a shortwalk along an interesting rainforest trail full of exotic plantlife, birdsto waiting air-conditioned vans. Then the guides took us on a short ride to the trail to your ultimate destination, two secluded and private waterfalls! We walked past all kinds of fruit trees to two different waterfalls. The first was at Bamboo Falls for pictures just 2 minutes up the trail was the awesome 50 ft. Jungle Falls. This is where we swam beneath the cascading falls, took more pictures, and had lots of fun! The water was cold, so I was glad I had packed our long sleeve swim shirts. (If you are from Minnisota or Montana, just ignore that.) After 30 minutes or so, we hiked back up the trail to our picnic area. We had great gourmet sandwiches and fruit drinks overlooking the beautiful Hule'ia Valley.

    On the drive back we stopped so see the Memhune Fishpond lookout again and for another beautiful view of the river and the Hule'ia Valley. It was one trip my whole family enjoyed, which is no swall feat!

    Swimming at the Secluded Waterfall Kayaking the Hule'ia River
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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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    by malianrob Written Dec 18, 2007

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    I didnt go to the lighthouse up close. I saw it from the beach. It still looked beautiful from far away. But they say that its about 2 1/2 miles out to the point of the peninsula where the lighthouse is located but you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
    If there is someone there at the lighthouse you might be able to get in and check it out.

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    by seagoingJLW Updated Dec 14, 2002

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    This was a lot of fun. We had a travel talk going up to Fern Grotto, and entertainment coming back. I even got to do the hula (Hukilau) with the orchestra and the professional dancer on board.

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    Boatride on Wailua River
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Arts and Culture

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Nawiliwili Restaurants

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    by malianrob Written Dec 18, 2007

    Dukes is actually a chain of restaurants. I have been to Dukes in Honolulu, Malibu, Huntington Beach, and Keoki's Paradise in Poipu. They are all the same owners.
    The atmosphere here is great. I love the drinks. The food is good, alittle pricey but this place has a very good reputation.
    Dukes is right on the water and pretty close to the port. It a great place to hang out and have drinks.

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Nawiliwili Local Customs

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    by seagoingJLW Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Menehune

    The mythical Menehune, shy forest dwellers, were credited as master builders. They werre supposedly capable of completing a project in a single night. The Alekoko Fishpond and the Menehune Ditch(a remnant of anancient water course) were supposedly built by them. They worked at night so as not to be seen by others.

    Today there is speculation that the menehune might possibly have been the real descendants of the first wave of settlers who came to Hawaii from the Marquesas some time around the 6th century. The legends come from settlers who reached Hawaii six or seven hundred years later from the Islands of Tahiti. It is possible that the second wave of immigrants may have defeated the descendants of the original Marquesans.

    This is a photo of the Alekoko Fishpond.

    There are four callings of the Menehune, as follows:

    Ali'i These are the rulers of the Menehune. Failing to bow before and ali'i or stepping on his shadow is taboo.

    Hana The builders and craftspeople of the Menehune. They must work unobserved or their project will be abandoned.

    Kahuna Mystical and spiritual leaders of the Menehune. They communicate with the spirits and keep the taboos.

    Kokua The warriors and protectors of the Menehune. They enforce the ali'i's laws and defend the Menehune from outsiders.

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    by seagoingJLW Updated Mar 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The clouds in the photo are covering the wettest spot on earth. Wai Ali Ali gets 468 inches of rain each year.

    Wai Ali Ali
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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