Less crowded than the Eastside's Wailua River, Hanalei River offers roughly 6 miles of tranquil scenery, ideal for kayaking or stand up paddle surfing.

Driving with Aloha

Lauded as one of the most scenic and breathtaking drives on the island, the drive to the ‘end of the road’ is impossibly beautiful. However, though you might want to pull over for that must-have photograph, please do so safely as accidents occur when drivers stop suddenly, or in a place with no shoulder, or on a blind curve, to snap a photo. If you’re heading to the road’s end (Keʻe Beach), take it slowly and enjoy the crossing of each of the seven one-lane bridges, the first of which is in Hanalei.

When crossing these bridges, do as the locals do:

  • When the bridge is empty and you reach it first, you can go.
  • If there’s a stream of five or fewer cars already crossing as you approach, simply follow them. If you're the sixth car and others are waiting to cross from the other side, yield.
  • When you see cars approaching from the opposite direction, yield to the entire queue of approaching cars for at least five cars, if not all.
  • Give the shaka sign (‘hang loose’ hand gesture, with index, middle and ring fingers downturned) as thanks to any drivers who have yielded from the opposite direction.