Hanalei, Hawaii

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Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauaʻi County, Hawaiʻi, United States. The population was 478 at the 2000 census. Hanalei means "lei making" in Hawaiian. Alternatively, the name Hanalei also means "crescent bay" and may be indicative of the shape of Hanalei Bay.[1]

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Geography

Hanalei is located at 22°12′24″N 159°30′3″W / 22.20667°N 159.50083°W / 22.20667; -159.50083 (22.206653, -159.500713),[2] near the mouth of the Hanalei River on the north shore of the island of Kauai.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²), of which, 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is water. The total area is 20.73% water.

History

Imperial Russia

In the early 19th century the Imperial Russia was present here. In 1815 the German physician and agent of the Russian-American Company, Georg Anton Schäffer, came to the Hawaiian islands to retrieve goods seized by Kaumualiʻi, chief of Kauai island. On arrival he became involved with internal Hawaiian politics, and Kaumualiʻi planning and manipulating to reclaim his own kingdom of Kauai from Kamehameha I with the help of the Russian Empire. Kaumualiʻi signed a "treaty" granting Tsar Alexander I protectorate over Kauai. From 1817 to 1853 Fort Elizabeth, near the Waimea River, and two other Russian forts near Hanalei were part of the tsarist Russian America.[3]

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