Thanks to Prince Jonah Kuhio and the Land Act of 1895, Anahola was one of the first places where native Hawaiians could 'own' land (999-year leases) that had been taken away in the U.S. annexation. These days, visitors can instantly know what it's like to live "Island Syle."
Anahola Beach Park has good, reef-protected snorkeling, with the Anahola Mountains as a pleasing backdrop.
From the beach park, you can walk the surf line for a few miles along a strip of yellow sand all the way to Aliomanu Bay. A county campground and cottages lie along a backshore of ironwoods and coco palms. That pointed peak in the ridge is known as "Kong," after the mythical movie gorilla. Some scenes from the film were shot here.
Community events take place on selected weekends, but normally the place is ultra laid back.
Locally run Kumu Camp Retreat offers some of the best rustic lodging in Hawaii. Just offshore the camp is Pillars, where body boarders ride a foamy shorebreak near a decrepit pier.
The Anahola River splits the long bay in two. Slack waters provide a fresh water pool for toddlers and waders. The upriver kayak is a mellow adventure. This rural coast of Kauai has many nooks to be discovered by inquisitive tourists. Check it out in Kauai Trailblazer. (Note that discount prices are available on brand new books; see the PayPal link at the top right of this blog.)