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Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii, United States. The population was 450 at the 2010 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.GeographyHanalei is located at, 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 0.8sqmi, of which 0.6sqmi is land and 0.2sqmi is water. The total area is 20.73% water.HistoryImperial RussiaIn the early 19th century the Imperial Russians were 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. Briefly in 1817, Fort Elizabeth, near the Waimea River, and two other Russian forts near Hanalei were part of the tsarist Russian America.Plan how to spend your time in Hanalei and other destinations in United States using our United States vacation maker app.
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