On Kauai's majestic North Shore in the areas known as Haena and Wainiha, you'll discover some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. Hollywood has an on-going love affair with Kauai’s North Shore and numerous movies were filmed at Haena, Kauai.
Visit Kauai’s Lumahai Beach where Mitzi Gaynor 'washed that man right out of her hair' in the movie South Pacific. Lumahai Beach is the most photographed beach on Kauai.
The famous Makana Mountain peak can be seen from Haena and is easily recognized as "Bali Hai" from the movie South Pacific. During special occasions, the ancient Hawaiians would climb Mount Makana and throw burning spears into the wind to sail across Kauai’s sky and eventually land in the ocean.
Densely jungled Honopu Valley was thought to be the last home of the legendary Menehune and is often referred to as the ʻValley of the Lost Tribe." The beach in this area is where Jessica Lange eluded King Kong in the 1976 remake of the classic movie King Kong and Harrison Ford fled from pirate attack in the movie, 6 Days, 7 Nights.
Located high up on a terrace above big boulders in Haena is Ke ahu a laka Heiau that was part of a famous hula school. Chanters came to receive the most advanced training possible. To test their skills, they walked across the smooth boulders at the edge of the ocean and chanted their mele (chant). If their voices could be heard above the sounds of the ocean waves and the wind, their training was completed. Students are still brought to this Kauai Heiau to test their skills.
Maniniholo Dry Cave (Maniniholo means "swimming Manini fish") is about 300 yards deep and reaches to a small exit hole on the side of the mountain. The cave interior used to be larger than now, before a 1957 tsunami half-filled it with sand.
Waikanaloa (water of Kanaloa, a god) Wet Cave is, as its name implies, underwater. It has been explored about 100 yards in by scuba divers. The Wet and Dry Caves are located within approximately 100 yards of each other on the mauka (mountain) side of the highway between Haena and Keʻe Beach.
At the northern most end of the highway on Kauai is Keʻe Beach. This is a famous movie location and excellent snorkeling area, located at the foot of the Na Pali Coast Trail. Keʻe Beach appeared in the popular television mini-series, The Thorn Birds.
Last and certainly not least, there's Kauai’s famous Na Pali Coast with cliffs rising as high as 4,000 feet above the ocean. These sheer cliffs jet up from the ocean and are accessible on foot along Kauai’s breathtaking Kalalau Trail. Hiking, helicopter or rafting trips offer spectacular views of this amazing coastline. Some historians claim that the Na Pali region was the first part of Kauai to be settled.
There is much to be discovered in Haena and Wainiha on Kauai’s north shore. Come, stay with us in a Kauai beach home.