Walking Tour: Hanalei Stroll
- Start Black Pot Beach
- End Wai'oli (Pine Trees) Beach Park
- Length two hours; 2.3 miles
Begin the walk at Black Pot Beach, where concrete Hanalei Pier stretches out to sea and the mocha-tinted Hanelei River empties into the bay. Take off your shoes and walk for a half-mile to Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, absorbing the beauty that is Hanalei Bay. If the waves are large, you'll see surfers charging the point break way offshore; if seas are calm, take a dip yourself then wash off the salt in the shower before heading south on Weke Rd. Turn left on Aku Rd and arrive at Ching Young Village. Test your uke skills at Hanalei Strings, then begin a long, slow browse of the galleries and shops as you walk the main drag that is Kuhio Hwy back toward the river. If you're into Asian art and design, make sure to hit the wonderful On the Road to Hanalei. Stock up on sweets at Chocolat Hanalei, then shuffle down the road to Barn 808, our pick as the most stylish and chic fashion boutique in town. At the last shopping center before the bridge, step into Black Pearl, I Heart Hanalei and Ola's for gifts, clothing and arts that are quirky, stylish and beautiful. Then pop into the fish market behind Hanalei Dolphin for hand rolls or a plate lunch and enjoy them on the picnic tables by the riverside. There isn't always a sidewalk on the highway so be mindful of traffic, especially if and when you must step around puddles.
After lunch, cross the street and take the same road back toward Hanalei Center, where you can visit the museum-like gallery that is Havaiki before hunting for vintage gems at Yellowfish Trading Company. Stop for a coffee and some people-watching at Hanalei Bread Company, then step to the historic Wai'oli Hui'la Church. Ring the bell behind the Mission House chimney and your guide will appear. Afterward, cross the street, hang a right on Anae Rd, lose your shoes and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at Pine Trees Beach.