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, circular island (1990 pop. 51,177), 549 sq mi (1,422 sq km), 32 mi (52 km) in diameter, N Hawaii, separated from Oahu island to the southeast by Kauai Channel. Lihue (1990 pop.
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We used to operate at a loss during the last few months of the year," says Waialeale.
This is the oldest of the primary islands in the Hawaiian chain, and as such it offers a primordial landscape of dagger-like volcanic protrusions blanketed with vegetation, dense jungle on the slopes of rain-drenched Mount Waialeale, tumbling waterfalls and arguably the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the islands.
For example, the windward side of Mount Waialeale, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, has the highest average annual rainfall on record: 460 inches.
and Waialeale Boat Tours have been the only state-licensed tour boat operators on the river in the 49 years since commercial activity began there.
Suffused in its legends of menehunes, the little people who could build walled fish ponds in one night, or so it was said-to say nothing of the Menehune Ditch, an aqueduct that archaeologists insist was created before the Hawaiians arrived ftom Polynesia-it was happy in the knowledge that its valley at Hanalei was the birthplace of rainbows, that Mount Waialeale, bulging under the green carpet to a height of 5,080 feet, was the wettest spot on earth, spewing waterfalls from every pore to keep this island a verdant paradise.
6 IT could be worse - you could live on Mount Waialeale in Hawaii, where rain falls virtually non-stop, with an average of 460ins coming down every year.
I had only one day - not enough time to make it all around the island to Waimea Canyon, the spectacular chasm dubbed by Mark Twain as the ``Grand Canyon of the Pacific,'' the Barking Sands where it is said the dunes ``woof'' when walked on, and a host of other sights, like a glimpse of Mount Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth (this 5,148-foot peak draws more than 450 inches of rain annually).
From wherever they lived, family members came to Makaweli, seat of their 51,000 acres of triangular abupua'a running from the top of Mount Waialeale through jungle, pasture, cane lands and West Kauai coastline, and a detached rectangle on the North Shore.
Others, like Obayashi Hawaii's 203-unit Waialeale Estates subdivision above Kapaa, and Hanapepe Cliffside--a 188-home project by the state Housing Finance & Development Corp.
s 206-home Waialeale Estates affordable-housing project on Kauai.
Mount Waialeale is said to be the wettest spot on earth, and nearby Waimea Canyon was described by Mark Twain as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
another longtime player entered the local market nearly 20 years ago and recently finished selling its latest development, the 240-unit Waialeale Estates affordable-housing project on Kauai.