Nestled between the lush mountains and the golden sand and crystals clear waters of Hanalei Bay, Hanalei is a must visit destination on any trip to Kauai. Hanalei is home to everything from historic sites to contemporary art galleries, all within in a two mile stretch.


The 1912 Waioli Hui’ia Church with its impressive architecture and beautiful stained glass windows is the most photographed building in Hanalei. Next door to the Waioli Church is the Waioli Mission House, the restored and preserved missionary home built in the early 1800s. The Mission House is the oldest surviving church building on the island of Kaua`i and offers free guided tours. 

The historic Hanalei Pier was built in 1892 and has long been a favorite gathering place for local residents who go there to fish, swim, surf, and play music on Hanalei Bay. This is a wonderful spot to watch the sunset and great for enjoying with the family when the surf is too large at other beaches. 

At the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge look for endangered native waterbird species include the koloa (Hawaiian duck), ‘alae ‘ula (moorhen) and ‘alae ‘ke’oke’o (coot). The distinctive ae’o (Hawaiian black-necked stilt) uses its tall and skinny pink legs to walk in the ponds while flocks of nene (Hawaiian geese) land on the grass between the taro patches and wander along the banks of the Hanalei River.


Every Saturday The Hanalei Farmers Market starts 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 on the mauka side of the highway. Markets boast an array of fresh local fruits and vegetables as well as local artisan foods and specialty items. 


A Hanalei "survival guide" with all the best recommendations for food, souvenir and supply purchases, and activities is conveniently placed in the bungalow for your ease reference throughout your stay.