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Hanalei

Travel Guide
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Dramatic landscapes, world-class waves and an authentic village atmosphere make this Hawaiian town an ideal getaway throughout the year.

Located on Kauaʻi’s North Shore, Hanalei is loved for its untouched beauty and unique setting. The town sits on a crescent-shaped bay and at almost every point along the bay you are guaranteed a photogenic scene. There are only a few souvenir shops because the town maintains its local character and is largely free of development, making it a favorite for those in search of a classic Kauaʻi experience.

Hanalei’s history is strongly connected to the missionary movement. Join a guided tour through the Waioli Mission House and Church. Originally a home for missionaries, the house has been converted into a museum that showcases Hanalei life in the 19th century.

Spend the afternoon sunbathing and swimming on the white-sand shore of Hanalei Bay Beach. Pull on a face mask and fins to see tropical fish and sea turtles. The beach spans 2 miles (3 kilometers) along the coast and is rarely crowded, making it the perfect place to relax for the day. The bay’s waves attract surfers from all over the country.

Lumahai Beach is something of a local secret and sits 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside the town center. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, though riptides make swimming impossible.

Take a hike to explore the tropical landscape and enjoy panoramas from the mountain ridges that surround the town. The Kalalau Trail is a difficult but rewarding route that offers unparalleled views of the coastline.

Enjoy fresh-caught seafood and local cuisine at one of the village restaurants and then take a walk to Hanalei Pier to watch the sun set. Fishermen and musicians line the dock, a popular gathering place for locals. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hanalei Pier became famous when it featured in the 1957 classic film South Pacific. This landmark is the ideal place to experience the mellow atmosphere that defines Hanalei.

Hanalei is a 50-minute drive north of Lihue Airport. Public transport is limited, so it’s best to rent a car or motorcycle to get there and to explore the region’s attractions.

Hanalei Colony Resort
Hanalei Colony Resort
3.5 out of 5
5-7130 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI
Nestled on the beach, this Hanalei resort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Kepuhi Point Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Na Pali Coast State Park. Wainiha Beach Park and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (479 reviews)
"Wonderful, welcoming staff and incredible beach access."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 2021

Hanalei Colony Resort
Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast
Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast
3.5 out of 5
7083 Alamihi Road, Near the 7.5 mi marker, Hanalei, HI
Offering direct access to the beach, this Hanalei bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Kepuhi Point Beach and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Na Pali Coast State Park. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"The entire experience was wonderful. The owner was always available and breakfast was outstanding"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2020

Hale Ho'o Maha Bed & Breakfast
Aunty Lydia's Ohana, a Place for Family to Gather. 5 Houses From the Beach
Aunty Lydia's Ohana, a Place for Family to Gather. 5 Houses From the Beach
5-5476 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, HI
Situated by the sea, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Hanalei Beach Park and Hanalei Bay. Hanalei Pier and Black Pot Beach are also within 1 mile ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Finally Made A Stay in Hanalei !
"I've always wanted to stay close to Hanalei Bay, and this house provided us the opportunity at a great price for 6 people! Honestly, it reminded me of my great-grandparent's home in South Texas. We were within walking distance of Hanalei bay, about 1.5 blocks away, so we could walk to the beach at ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Aunty Lydia's Ohana, a Place for Family to Gather. 5 Houses From the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
3 out of 5
2408 Prince Edwards Street, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$135 per night from 25 Aug. to 25 Aug.
Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center and Honolulu Zoo. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center ...
3/5 (332 reviews)
"Decent place to stay, in a pretty gross area."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Stay Condominiums Waikiki
The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
3 out of 5
5441 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI
The price is AU$417 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Napili aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Napili Bay Beach and Napili Bay. Kapalua Beach and West Maui Mountains are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (449 reviews)
"Property is in a great location. Easy beach access and close to an establishment for renting beach equipment (snorkel’s etc.). Room was clean. We had a studio with one queen bed. It was spacious enough for two people. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to enjoy Maui on a budget. It ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

The Mauian - Boutique Beach Studios on Napili Bay
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$413 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach are also ...
4/5Very Good! (55 reviews)
"Great apartment! Great stay. Convenient location and garage."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Royal Kuhio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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