Saturday, October 19, 2013

Aloha State of Mind: Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, Planet Earth

There are palm trees and beaches at many places on the globe, but only one place to find Aloha, and that's right smack in the middle of the Pacific on the world's most remote outpost of Hawaii. Pictured here are the slack waters of the Hanalei River, just inshore of Black Pot Beach on Hanalei Bay. Head here in the late afternoon and stay for sunset. The Hanalei Pier protrudes several hundred feet, the perfect spot to watch surfers whiz by or see outrigger canoes heading into the bay. Black Pot is one of the places where Aloha defines itself—a state of being, a state of mind, where all seems right with the world and you would not want to be anyplace else.

Hanalei Bay, a two-mile crescent, is perfect for beachcombing or jogging. Classic jagged green ridges frame the scene. The town, with low-key surf shops and restaurants,  is a few lazy blocks away.

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