TRIVIAL PURSUITS: Where Is The Land of Hanah Lee?

March 16, 2010 ( -  The song “Puff the Magic Dragon” has long been said to have drug references, including the reference to a land called Hanah Lee – which turns out to be a reference to a real place.


Where is it?


“Hanah Lee” is said to be a reference to the town of Hanalei, Hawaii – which, according to those who claim the song is a marijuana metaphor, is renowned for its marijuana.  Note that this interpretation – and the drug references generally – has been rejected by the song’s authors.      

Alternatively, the cliffs on the side of the beach at Hanalei are said to look like a dragon.      

You can read a refutation of the drug claims at