2 May 2017
If a quaint beach town is your style then Hanalei may be your perfect getaway.
In 2009, Hanalei Bay was voted as #1 by Dr. Beach as being Americas favorite beach. Once you cross the Hanalei Bridge, the road follows the Hanalei River as you can enjoy expansive views of the taro patches that extend across the plain to the base of the steep, green mountains. Hanalei has lots to explore from it's two-mile crescent shaped white sand beach and navigable river to it's charming beach town with an organic market and boutique eateries.
Where to stay:
Hawaii Life offers a wide variety of vacation rentals throughout Hanalei. Whether you are traveling with the whole family, on a romantic getaway, or just vacationing with friends, we have a rental that will fit your needs! Check out our availability in Hanalei! There are no hotels in Hanalei, which keeps small town charm. The best part is that nearly every home in Hanalei is walking distance to the beach and town. All of our vacation rentals are proffessionally managed and offer complimetary concierge services.
Hanalei is located on the North shore of Kauai and is approximately 45 minutes from the Lihue airport without stopping. When leaving the airport, head north on Kuhio Hwy (Hwy 56), Hanalei is reached by driving down the hill from Princeville and crossing over the Hanalei Bridge which is considered the “gateway to Hanalei.” Make sure to wait your turn when you come to this historic one-lane bridge, the ﬁrst of seven one-lane bridges on the north shore.
What to do:
The center of Hanalei Town features several historic building which now house the town’s many shops and restaurants. There are also several outﬁtter shops where you can rent surfboards, standup paddle boards, snorkel gear, and kayaks.
Beach Day - Grab the kids, pack the cooler, and head to the beach for a fun and relaxing day in the sun! A favorite Hanalei gathering place is Black Pot Beach Park at the east end of Hanalei Bay near Hanalei Pier. Several other beaches along Hanalei Bay are also popular, with lifeguards stationed at Hanalei Pavilion Beach and Waioli Beach Park. Be sure to stick around for sunset!
Surfing- A family friendly environment, Hanalei Town offers many options for surfing lessons or rental surfboards for an afternoon of fun in the bay, or Stand Up Paddle boards for a scenic paddle up the river.
Please call our Concierge for bookings: (855) 434-4716
Yoga - Whether youre looking for deep relaxation, an intense workout, or anything in between, Hanalei yogis have what you need! Located in the center of town, check out Yoga Hanalei Studio & Boutique offering multiple classes daily, or travel across the bridge and up the hill to enjoyed heated vinyasa flow at Yoga with Lulu in Princeville. We also arrange private yoga sessions with personalized classes and experienced teachers right from your home! Please call our Concierge for bookings: (855) 434-4716
Shopping- Small Boutiques line both sides of the street in Hanalei and offer a variety of local made items from clothing, to Kauai keepsakes, and art. Take a stroll through the Ching Young Village Shopping Center to find everything you need from Kauai souvenirs, gifts and food, beachwear, and surf shops.
Every Saturday there is a Farmers Market in Hanalei at 9:30 am at the Hanalei Neighborhood Center & Ballpark on the mauka (mountain) side of the highway just past the post ofﬁce. Every Tuesday there is a Farmers Market at 2 pm at Waipa just past Hanalei Town.
Where to eat:
For breakfast — Begin your day early at Hanalei Bread Company, an organic bakery and coffee house offering breakfast and lunch items before 2pm, open daily from 7am to 5pm. 5161 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714. Feeling a little more decadent, head over to Banadi for delicious and healthy crepes, milkshakes and Kauai grown coffee. Banadi offers a variety of sweet and savory breakfast, lunch and dinner options with locally sourced ingredients, open Tuesday - Sunday from 7 a.m. 5190 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714
For shave ice — Beat the heat with Wishing Well Shave Ice a local favorite with enough flavor combinations to delight all your craving. With a wide variety of organic shave ice, acai bowls, and coffee, there is something for everyone! 5080 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714
For Seafood - Since the early 1970's The Dolphin Restaurant has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike. Known for the freshest cuts in seafood, second to none service, nostalgic river ambiance, and a World Class Sushi Lounge, you can take in romantic sunsets and river views while quenching one's thirst with a specialty cocktail or satisfying one's palate with over-the-top gourmet sushi, and the freshest fish, steaks, and seafood. 5016 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei HI 96714, (808) 826-6113
Cocktails & Appetizers: 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Lunch: 11:30 am to 3:00 pm (Lanai & Riverside Tables)
Dinner: 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (Open Air Dining Area)