Welcome to Puanani's Hale

Kalihiwai, Kaua'i, Hawaii

Aloha and welcome to Puananiís Hale at Kalihiwai. This little cottage was originally built by Lani and Puanani Hanchett as a retreat for themselves from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. The foundation of this cottage has withstood tidal waves, hurricanes, floods, and tropical storms. It began as a little one story one room shell, became a two story complex, and after ĎHurricane Iniki?, is back to one level again. We, the Hanchett Ohana, ~ Carolyn, Suzi, Stuart, and Tiare ~ have loving memories of times spent in this wonderful home we call Puananiís Hale. We hope you will enjoy your visit and love Kalihiwai as much as we do.

Puanani's Hale is located on the north shore of Kaua'i. Follow the signs as you exit the Lihue airport that lead you north to Kilauea, Princeville, or Hanalei. The drive is approximately 45 minutes. Approximately a mile after the mac town of Kilauea (at the 25 mile marker), you will cross a bridge. The first right turn after the bridge is Kalihiwai Road. Turn right here and follow the road (veer to the right at the fork) to the valley. Turn right after the house on the corner and Puananiís Hale is the second house on the left with a deck facing the road. You will see PUANANI in large mac block letters above the entry deck stairs.

A leisurely one minute stroll makai (toward the water) will lead you to Kalihiwai River. After braving a quick swim or brisk walk across the river step ashore onto one of the most spectacular beaches on the north coast of Kauai. Calm and serene most of the year, Kalihiwai Bay becomes a winter haven for avid surfers from December through March.

Just down the road from the cottage is Anini Beach with approximately 2 miles of white sandy shoreline protected by a large reef. Walk out into the calm waters and swim safely. Great for children.

Enjoy surfing, snorkeling, diving, boating, windsurfing, kayaking, helicopter rides, hiking, horseback riding, fishing charters, exploring a Hawaiian culture and art center, and many other activities.

Other North Shore attractions include:

View of the front of the house

Interior view

View from across the street at Kalihiwai Beach

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