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Hanalei River, Kauai

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The Hanalei River on the island of Kauai in Hawaii flows north from the eastern slopes of Mount Waialeale for until it reaches the Pacific Ocean at Hanalei Bay as an estuary. With a long-term mean discharge of 216 cubic feet (6.12 cubic meters) per second, in terms of water flow it is the second-largest river in the state; although its watershed of 19.1sqmi is only sixth-largest on Kauai, it encompasses areas of the highest recorded rainfall on the planet and plunges precipitously from its headwaters at 3500ft above sea level.The lower, flatter portion of the river flows by Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and many taro farms (60% of Hawaii's taro is grown in this area). The Hanalei River provides habitat for a number of amphidromous species, including gobies (5 native varieties), two native species of crustacean, the hīhīwai.The Hanalei was designated an American Heritage River by US President Bill Clinton on July 30, 1998. The major bridge across the river (still one lane) is on Hawaii Route 560, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii.
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  • I recommend getting there early. We rented our SUP early and headed out. Beautiful and easy paddle river. Beautiful views. Paddled as far as the river let us. Keep going a bit past the bridge to the e...  more »
  • You will be glad you drove up to this site. Looks down on the beautiful river where others are Kayaking and the tiny village below.  more »
  • Great location for Kayaking or Standup paddling. Traverses nice scenic areas of the local area. Calm river requiring minimal effort for kayaking or stand up paddling.  more »

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