Hanalei Travel Guide

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    Pier at Hanalei Bay
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Hanalei Things to Do

  • See the taro fields

    Hanalei is situated in a beautiful setting, with a backdrop of taro fields on the inland side and sandy Hanalei Bay on the ocean side. From Hanalei lookout (by the 0 road marker) you can get a postcard looking view of the fields, and continue down the hill to the old style Hanalei bridge, which also provides views of the fields. So it looks pretty...

  • Shopping

    For a town this small, Hanalei has a lot of different shops to cater to tourists. There are stores that sell cheap tourist items and others that sell quality clothes, regional art and surf wear. It is pretty easy to walk from one place to the next. They have done a nice job at converting the old school building into a place for shops and food. The...

  • Anini Beach - Wyllie Beach

    Just east of Princeville there is a long beach with shallow waters that is great for safe swimming with kids. It's protected by a reef, that also provides for good snorkeling when the visibility is good. The long beach is great for walking too, and has good views all along the way. The main part of the beach is called Anini Beach. At the far west...

  • Farmers' Market

    Hanalei has a great little farmers market on Tuesday afternoon. Here there will be plenty of fresh fruits and produce, flowers and other items like honey. It starts at 2 pm, and you should know that there will be dozens of people waiting for it to open so they can rush for their favorite things. The day we were there we snapped up some sweet, small...

  • Lumaha'i Beach

    This is a beautiful, long golden sand beach just to the west of Hanalei. Once you are there you may recognize it from postcards you've seen, or from the movie South Pacific, where Mitzi Gaynor washed that man right out of her hair.While the beach is great for walking and to look at, swimming conditions aren't too good; lacking a good reef, the...

  • Hanalei Bay

    Hanalei Bay is a long crescent of sand that has easy beach access along the way. It is actually considered four beaches: Waikoko Beach, Wai'oli Beach Park, Hanali Pavilion Beach Park and Black Pot Beach. The swimming isn't the best here, but surfing is good, and near the pier there is a decent area for boogie boarding and taking surf lessons. The...

  • Hanalei Pier

    This is another great picture spot and also a fishing spot. When we came here there were alot of local guys trying to catch their breakfast. Also this is a spot for yacht racing during the summer months. In the winter months you can see some top knotch surfing in the Hanalei Bay which is the largest bay on Kauai.

  • Hanalei Valley

    This is a nice place to stop and look at the valley. Its the look out that you can see from the main road. This used to be where they grew rice in the 1850's but now they are famous for producing taro.The valley is beautiful and a great spot for taking pictures. Also this place serves as a US Fish and Wildlife Service perserve.

  • Catamaran Tour of the Na Pali Coast

    We took a sunset cruise on this sailing catamaran during our trip in September 2003. It was a great way to see the beautiful cliffs of the Na Pali Coast. Our guides were very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions related to the cliffs, formations, sea life, and Hawaiian history. Complimentary snacks (fresh sliced pineapple, cookies,...

  • Hanalei Bay and Beach Park

    Hanalei Bay is a crescent shape and has a large expanse of beach on the southeast quarter. At the southern most end is Pinetrees Beach Park and at the north is Hanalei Beach Park. Public restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and grills are available at these locations and near a pavilion in between the two aforementioned beach parks. Hanalei Beach...

  • Wai'oli Hui'ia Church

    This wood-shingled church and the pier are the two most recognized symbols of Hanalei. The mission of Wai'oli was established by the American Christian Missionaries in 1834. The church was completed in 1912 and is built in the American Gothic style. The church is a fine example of mission churches built throughout the Hawaiian Islands and still...

  • Hanalei Sunset View

    Hanalei Beach Park offers a great view of the sunet with the scenic coastal mountains as a back drop and the interesting Hanalei Pier in the foreground. This is a scene recognizable from post cards of the area. Drive to the beach on Weke Road and park your car at the beach park parking lot. Walk southwest along the beach in order to catch the...

  • Hanalei Valley Lookout

    The lookout is actually in Princeville just past the Princeville Center on your left as you drive towards Hanalei on the Kuhio Highway. The lookout offers the post card views of the taro fields below and the beautiful mountains in the background. The first one-lane bridge you'll come to as you continue west on the highway, the Hanalei Bridge, can...

  • Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Beach

    The trail head begins at the end Highway 560 at Key beach. The trail is rarely level, it can be slippery, at times and is narrow. I recommend wearing hiking shoes or at least running shoes with some traction. This trail has rewarding views of the Na Poli Coast and of Key beach.

  • Golfing on the North Shore of...

    Golfing on the North Shore of Kauai. Play the Prince Course or The Makai. The Prince is a magnificent course carved out of the jungle. Breathtaking views of the mountains and ocean, might even see a rainbow. The Makai is more forgiving for the golfer, but just as beautiful. Bring plenty of golf balls


Hanalei Hotels

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  • Hale Ho`o Maha Bed & Breakfast

    7083 Alamihi Rd., Hanalei, Hawaii, 96714, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ali'i Kai Resort Hanalei

    3830 Edwards Road, Princeville, Hawaii, 96722, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hanalei Inn

    5-5468 Kuhio Hwy, The North Shore, Hanalei, Hawaii, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

Hanalei Restaurants

  • Economical choice

    Since this is a tourist town, prices are a bit more than you would expect in other areas. Polynesian Cafe seems to have found a market for reasonably priced food here. The place looks like a taco stand; there isn't indoor seating and you have to eat on tables in the middle of a somewhat grimy area of shops right off the main road. But if you don't...

  • Variety and Freshness

    Located in the Ching Young Center, this breezy cafe has a varied menu utilizing fresh ingredients including local specialties (kalua pig sandwich), seafood (fresh fish specials), and a few Mexican dishes. Their concept is gourmet on a paper plate and the menu items look like they take that to heart. On the occassion of our visit I was just a bit...

  • Great little Hawaiian roadhouse

    This one one of our favorite places on all Kauai. It isn't a fancy restaurant, it is actually very casual. And while the food is good, there is better on the island. What Tahiti Nui has more than any other place is an authentic feel. We were here three or four times and always got friendly - but not the fastest - service. It really has the feel of...

  • Claim to be the best for burgers

    Bubba's has two places on Kauai, one here in Hanalei and another in Kapaa. We only went to the one here. There aren't a lot of restaurants in Hanalei, and Bubba's always seemed to have a line of patrons waiting, so one day during our trip we decided to try it. It's located in a pretty little building right in the middle of town.We won't go back. My...

  • Great local coffee shop

    This is a great place. Good atmosphere with outdoor deck seating, friendly service, a great variety of specialty drinks and bakery snacks. We were there several times during our stay and it seemed to be very popular with the locals. The T-shirts they sell are nice too. Maui Mocha. Try it.

  • Restaurant and Fish Market

    The Dolphin has been a part of Hanalei since 1977. It is perched right on the Hanalei River with both indoor and outdoor seating. On beautiful days, take a table next to the river to enjoy the view.My favorite part of this restaurant is the fish market located in the back. It has a private entrance on the outside of the building. There are daily...

  • For those early risers

    This was one of the places around here that opens early. Maybe because it caters to locals and surfers. The food here was good but the portions were small (by Hawaiian standards) We ordered a side of portuguese sausage and they gave us 3 little pieces!~The service was good and friendly and the place was clean and cozy. You can eat outside or...

  • Coffee, Smoothies, and More

    Get your coffee fix here! They also have fresh baked good, smoothies, and teas. I highly recommend the Aloha Bar: toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and chocolate chips on a shortbread cookie crust. A great way to start your morning! Kona coffee, aloha bar!

  • Casual Dining

    A nice casual setting in town with American fare with a Hawaiian twist. Lots of fresh seafood items, interesting drink menu, full bar, and veranda seating. A nice place to have a drink and pupus on the veranda and watch the world go by on the main drag through Hanalei. Itrems we especially liked included the opakapaka burger, fried artichoke...


Hanalei Transportation

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    One-Lane Bridges

    by Hopkid Written Apr 18, 2007

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    As you travel into Hanalei on the Kuhio Highway you'll come to the one-lane Hanalei Bridge at the base of the descent into the Hanalei Valley. Be sure to watch for oncoming traffic that may already be crossing the bridge. West of Hanalei towards Haena and Ke'e Beach are several more one-lane bridges. The rules of the road are that the last car that arrives at the bridge must wait and allow all other cars traveling the opposite direction to cross before proceeding. There is no alternating car policy. If you are the fifth or sixth car in a long line of cars, it is polite to stop and allow the cars in front of you to cross and then to allow cars traveling in the opposite direction to cross. However this is not required.

    Enjoy the bridges but approach and cross with caution and don't stop to take photos.

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Hanalei Shopping

  • A different type of gift shop

    This is a store to go to if you have an interest in Hawaiiana, antiques, collectibles or just want to see something different from the common things in the usual shops all across Hawaii. The store has both antique & contemporary furnishings, vintage fabrics, all mixed in with books, games, and gifts. There aren't bargains here, but from amongst the...

  • Upper end Pacific items

    Hawaii has many, many shops selling Hawaiian wares of varied quality and price, and after a few days you begin seeing the same or similar stuff over and over. This shop is different in that it specializes in art and crafts from across the Oceania region with a loosely "tribal" categorization. That means you won't find the typical aloha shirts,...

  • Beautiful Setting for Market

    This is a popular farmer's market with a variety of locally and often organic grown fruits and vegetables, tropical flowers, cheeses, juices and sometimes local crafts. You can also drink ice cold coconut milk fresh from the nut itself. It's nice to buy flowers here to brighten up your room back at the house or hotel room. They are strict about no...


Hanalei Local Customs

  • Taro

    Taro is the source for poi. It is also a very important and sacred food to Hawaiians. You can see taro growing in the patchwork fields of the Hanalei Valley. Poi may not be for everyone but it and the plant from which it originates are a very important part of the Hawaiian heritage.

  • Shave Ice

    Shave (not shaved) ice is a tasty Hawaiian treat which is great anytime because it's always hot and shave ice is, well, always cold. Shave ice differs from a sno-cone in that the ice is shaved very finely so it's like biting into flakes of snow rather than a hardened ball of crushed ice. One orders sweet liquid syrups to top the shave ice, similar...

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Hanalei Off The Beaten Path

  • Farmer's Market in Paradise

    As we continued our journey through Hanalei we stumbled upon a crowd of people lined up waiting for the opening of the Farmer’s Market. We couldn’t resist joining them. I love a good Farmer’s Market. This one didn’t disappoint. Though on the small side, the market features vendors selling everything from fresh flowers to produce to baked goods. I...

  • Yuo need to drive threw...

    Yuo need to drive threw Hanalei, about 2 miles to see this beach. right off the road you can't miss it.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Top 10 Most Scenic Workouts: Hanalei Bay

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Kauai's abundance doesn't stop with its greenery and chickens; the island also provides ample opportunities for getting exercise while on vacation. Along the island's North Shore, adventurers can find the Kalalau Trail, an 11-mile route along the island's remote Na Pali Coast that is widely considered one of the world's scariest hikes. For a less dangerous athletic pursuit, visitors can try stand up paddle-boarding along the North Shore's gem, Hanalei Bay. Stand up paddle-boarding (also called SUP) has grown exponentially in the last few years, and it provides both a great arm workout and a fun alternative for when flat conditions ruin surfing plans. The bay is mostly flat during the summer, but has much stronger surf swells from September thru May, so keep this in mind when planning your activities.

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