Top ChoiceBar in Hanalei

Tahiti Nui

The legendary Nui (rendered famous by its cameo role in The Descendants) is a tiki dive bar with heart and history, and a rather tasty dinner menu. Usually crowded from mid-afternoon onward, it gets rollicking...

Top ChoiceBeach in Hanalei

Black Pot Beach Park (Hanalei Pier)

The short easternmost stretch of Hanalei Bay, alongside the rivermouth, usually offers the calmest surf among the wild North Shore swells, and is popular with novice surfers. It's also known as Hanalei Pier for...

Top ChoiceLuau in Hanalei

Tahiti Nui Luau

While not as slick as the resort equivalents elsewhere on Kaua‘i, the North Shore’s one weekly luau is everything a Hawaiian luau should be. Housed in a separate dining room adjoining the much-loved Tahiti Nui...

Top ChoiceBeach in Hanalei

Hanalei Bay

A perfect crescent of golden sand lines the two-mile stretch of beautiful Hanalei Bay that runs west from the mouth of the Hanalei River. It’s divided into four named sections, though as you enjoy a beachfront...

Top ChoiceVintage in Hanalei

Yellowfish Trading Company

This irresistibly upbeat gallery offers a mix of true vintage and vintage-inspired art, handicrafts, books and much more. It’s the vintage stuff that’s the true gold, with midcentury glassware; 1950s-era Hawaiian...

Top ChoiceArt in Hanalei

Havaiki

Tucked at the back of the Hanalei Center and flagged by fascinating outdoor displays, this wonderful shop sells superb handcrafted Polynesian and Oceanic artifacts, including exquisite Niihau shell leis priced up...

Top ChoiceFood in Hanalei

Kalo Festival

Every December, Halulu Fish Pond hosts a Sunday of demonstrations of growing taro and pounding poi, along with traditional Hawaiian games for kids, local food vendors and live music. The Waipa Foundation helps to...

Top ChoiceNoodles in Hanalei

Ama

This no-reservations offshoot of neighboring Bar Acuda enjoys Hanalei’s finest outdoor setting, facing mountains cascading with waterfalls. Treating Japanese-style ramen noodles as fine dining and topping them...

Top ChoiceMusical Instruments in Hanalei

Hanalei Strings

This long-established, always welcoming shop channels two passions: music and knitting. Alongside a wide range of guitars and ukuleles from concert size to tenor and beyond, it sticks George Formby songbooks and...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Hanalei

Wishing Well Shave Ice

It’s worth paying a few dollars extra at Hanalei’s finest shave-ice stand for their organic rather than their regular syrups; the liliko‘i (passion fruit) and mango flavors in particular are out of this world....

Historic Building in Hanalei

Waiʻoli Mission House

Home to missionaries from 1837 onwards, this historic two-story dwelling lies hidden from the highway at the far end of a footpath that leads behind Wai‘oli Hui‘ia church. Set in lush gardens, surrounded by a...

Beach in Hanalei

Waiʻoli (Pine Trees) Beach Park

Offering respite from the sun, this park is equipped with restrooms, outdoor showers, beach volleyball courts and picnic tables. Winter brings big swells, and locals dominate the surf spot that’s known as Pine...

Mediterranean in Hanalei

Bar Acuda

Reserve well in advance to dine and drink in this smart ‘tapas and wine’ restaurant, which is Hanalei’s most chef-driven spot. It typically takes four or five of its sharing plates including selections like fresh...

Beach in Hanalei

Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park

Pretty much at the center of Hanalei Bay, this scenic beach park commands a white-sand crescent just made for walking or jogging. Waters are typically not as calm as beside the pier, but swimming and paddling are...

Beach in Hanalei

Waikoko Beach

Protected by a reef on the western bend of Hanalei Bay, sandy-bottomed roadside Waikoko beach – literally ‘blood water’ – offers shallower and calmer waters than the middle of the bay. It’s thus the safest for...

Bakery in Hanalei

Hanalei Bread Company

Great coffee and breakfast specials – like bacon and onion pizzas with soft eggs cracked on top – draw morning crowds to this organic bakery and cafe in the heart of Hanalei; expect to wait in line. And eat those...

Seafood in Hanalei

Hanalei Dolphin

Arrive early at this lovely riverside setting at Hanalei's eastern end for lunch or a sunset dinner, with fresh fish served cooked or as sushi, and steak and chicken options too. The poke and raw fish in their...

Juice Bar in Hanalei

Aloha Juice Bar

In a red shack at the west end of Ching Young Village, this irresistible juice stand is renowned for its thick fruit smoothies and fresh veggie juices; look for cut-price offers on surplus fruit. It also has acai...

Market in Hanalei

Waipa Farmers Market

Spreading across a lush roadside field a mile west of central Hanalei against a wonderful mountain backdrop, this small but ample weekly market features prepared foods from local chefs and artisans, fresh produce...

Outdoor Equipment in Hanalei

Hanalei Surf Company

Surf is the name of the game in this store, which stocks all the gear any surfer girl or beach boy might need for riding waves, including boards, along with good-value water shoes and equipment rental. Its...