Hanalei is a charming, sought-after vacation destination set against the backdrop of the resplendent natural beauty of Kauai’s North Shore. Visitors know it as a haven for surfers and nature lovers. Hanalei sits at the midpoint of the spectacular two-mile stretch of white sand at Hanalei Bay, which is home to Wai‘oli Beach Park, Hanalei Beach Park, and the Hanalei Pier. Hanalei Bay is a widely photographed attraction where beginning surfers can find smaller waves. Tourists to the area will discover a wide range of places to stay in Hanalei, but few hotels. Accommodations are limited largely to vacation rentals that range from waterfront one-bedroom condos to five-star villas and exquisite oceanfront estates.
Visitors enjoy a multitude of nearby attractions, including the spectacular Nā Pali Coast. Another tourist favorite is the Hanalei Valley Lookout, with vistas of the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge, a wetlands conservation effort protecting the plant and animal life along the Hanalei River Valley, as well as the beautiful Namolokama Mountain dotted with waterfalls as a backdrop. Hanalei offers charming boutique shopping and casual dining at local favorites like Hanalei Gourmet, Bar Acuda and Hanalei Bay Pizzeria.