Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anahola, Local Style

The pointed peak in the Anahola Mountains is known as Kong, adding a fitting mythic quality to the jungled ridge. Woo-woo theorists, inspired by the primordial flora, speculate that one of the lush valleys is the Garden of Eden. Little Anahola is not your typical tourist town.

A high-percentage of Hawaiians live here, with bloodlines that can be traced into the beginnings of the nation and Anahola was one of the first places to be designated as Hawaiian Homelands
in the latter 1800s.

Tourists can find a superlative beach stroll around Anahola Bay. Though currents can be deadly when the surf's up, a shallow coral reef makes for good snorkeling. Count on palm trees for shade.