Bali Hai (Mahana Mountain)

 

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Kee Beach, part of Haena Beach Park, is located at the "end of the road" on the North Shore of Kauai.  Makana Mountain, better known as Bali Hai,  provides a phenomenal backdrop to this ethereal lagoon-like beach that is perfect for swimming and snorkeling in the summer months. The 1958 film adaptation of the musical South Pacific, featured Makana Mountain as an exotic and forbidden island called "Bali Hai" and the name is still used to this day!  Makana rises 1,115 feet (340 m) above Limahuli Valley. Makana means "gift or reward" in Hawaiian. Limahuli Garden and Preserve preserves the valley below.

Just before Kee beach is the Kalalau Trail trailhead, an 11-mile (18 km) foot path that is the only land access into the Na Pali Coast State Park. The area surrounding the beach is vegetated by ironwood trees, coconut palms, ti, and guava.  There are several ancient Hawaiian sites in the Haena Beach Park Area, including sea caves estimated to be more than 4,000 years old. Archeological sites associated with the hula, including a heiau (shrine) dedicated to Laka, are located above the park's beaches.