Hanalei Town


About Hanalei Town


Kauais charming Hanalei Town, just minutes from Princeville, welcomes visitors with the timeless beauty one expects from a small town in Hawaii (in 2000, the towns population was less than 500!).

Situated on the North Shore of Kauai, Hanalei is encompassed by crescent-shaped Hanalei Bay, Kauais misty mountains, and taro fields. Hanalei, which means lei making in Hawaiian, is dotted with art galleries, historic locations, cafes and shops and more, including the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was established under the Endangered Species Act to protect the habitats of five Native Hawaiian water birds that call Hanalei their home.


Imperial Russia held a presence on Kauai during the 19th century, as evidence by the Russian Fort Elizabeth, located on the islands southwest side. In 2000, the U.S. Census found that 478 people resided in Hanalei Town, including 193 households and 115 families.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Kauai
  • Amenities: Restaurants, Hanalei Bay, Shopping, Hiking, and much more.
  • Insider Tip: Hanalei Valley Lookout, located at mile marker #0 along Highway 56 (also 560), offers one of Kauais most famous viewpoints, a postcard-perfect perspective overlooking the taro fields of Hanalei Valley, nestled by green mountains.
  • Fun Fact: The one-lane Hanalei Bridge was originally built in 1912, and rebuilt in 2005. However, efforts to widen the bridge have been unsuccessful as Kauais North Shore communities wish to preserve the rickety, historic charm of Hanalei Bridge.
  • What to Expect: Quaint, small town charm, home to a diverse population of surfers, artists, fishermen, native Hawaiians, and retirees living the good life.
  • Pop Culture: The Hanalei Pier, built in 1892, gained worldwide recognition in 1957 when the pier was featured in the classic film, "South Pacific by Oscar Hammerstein II and 20th Century Fox.