Hanalei Pier, Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii

3D geo-referenced site model using SketchUp

Pier History

The pier at Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii. Hanalei Pier is located at the eastern end of Weke Road near the Hanalei rivermouth. Originally built in 1892 to serve the region’s thriving rice industry, the pier was rebuilt in 1912 and again after Hurricane ‘Iniki damaged the structure in 1992. Today the pier is a popular place to fish, swim, and enjoy views of the bay’s sparkling blue waters and the towering mountains rising up behind Hanalei town. On the east side of Hanalei Pier is Hanalei Pier Park, named after a big iron pot that was used to cook fish caught during a hukilau, a traditional fishing practice in which everyone cooperates to spot, net, and gather fish. The pier was featured in the 1957 classic film "South Pacific".

View the pier in Google Earth (GoogleEarth_pier.kmz) - Use 'View | Sidebar', then make sure the box is checked for "3D Buildings", under "Layers".

The current version of this model is in Google 3D Warehouse. The link to "View in Google Earth" downloads the latest model as a "hi-res" .kmz file.

In Google Earth, use right-click and then "Hide building" to avoid conflict with the older version of this model, which was accepted to the Google Earth 3D Layer in July, 2010.

NOTE: If you clicked "Save" instead of "Discard", after viewing an earlier version in a .kmz file, you may have unintentionally saved an earlier view of this model in your Google Earth "My Places", which will also conflict with viewing a newer version. In the side bar, right click on the saved model in "My Places", then delete the earlier version.


Model History

One intention of this page is to describe the process of creating and improving this 3D SketchUp model and discuss a community process for participating in "ownership" and refinement of models like this, that have public and historical interest.

Hanalei Pier Repair Project for Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay