The sleepy town of Hanalei attracts visitors from all different walks of life. Hanalei, located on the North Shore of Kauai is known for its plethora of locally owned mom and pop shops, the long stretching beach of Hanalei Bay, and a river that gives life to many taro and rice farmers.
Founded over two centuries ago when Hawaiian Royalty still reigned the land, Hanalei is enriched with history and often feels like jumping into a time capsule and reappearing in the 1970’s. The Waioli Church, founded in 1834, is one of the oldest buildings in Hanalei and stands as a symbol for the importance of preserving sacred history which remains a core value of many of the residents of Kauai today.
As you pass Princeville and follow the winding road down to the wooden Hanalei Bridge, you are welcomed by taro fields that are owned and operated by families that have resided in Hanalei for hundreds of years. The fields span as far as the eye can see and lead you into a small surf town where you are greeted by families riding along on cruiser bikes, visitors paddling in kayaks up and down the river, and the jaw dropping waterfalls that cascade down Hihimanu and Namolokama mountain range.
Stay in one of our beautiful cottages, right on the Hanalei River!
Here at Kauai Exclusive, you have the opportunity to shed yourself of the “tourist” label and step into one of the four properties we have located in Hanalei to experience the life of the locals. Charmingly known as the Dolphin Cottages, these properties mimic the timeless plantation style homes that encompass the town. Ideal for small families, wedding parties, reunions, or honeymoons- the options are endless.
With proper planning, you can rent anywhere from one cottage to all four and bring the whole family. These cottages sit alongside the Hanalei river to provide you with some of the most serene views on the island of Kauai right from your bedroom. Two of the cottages have been reborn and restored in light of the recent flood that occurred. This included lifting the original buildings which has only enhanced the already spectacular view.
Explore beautiful Hanalei
Nestled conveniently in one of Hanalei’s most coveted areas you have access to all of the wonderful experiences Hanalei has to offer without even turning the key in your ignition. This historic town is filled with art galleries, amazing restaurants, and eclectic shops so finding something to do will not be difficult; However, here is a couple tried and true local secrets.
Start your morning by renting a bike from local legend Johnny Sargent at the Bike Doktor. Then, whisk yourself over to Holy Grail Donuts located in the food truck stop tucked away behind the Hanalei General Store. Next stop is going to be Akamai Juice Company. Ask for a Green Dragon with a Lilisnap “topper” for a fruity twist on one of their most popular green juices (protip: bring your own jar for a discount!).
After fueling up, make your way to Hanalei Bay and bask in the awe of the amazing home to legendary surfers: Andy Irons, Laird Hamilton, and Bethany Hamilton. By now, you are probably ready for lunch! The Dolphin Restaurant can give you the best of both worlds- whether you’re looking to grab a quick roll from behind the restaurant from their fish market or getting waited on in the garden- you really can’t go wrong. For something authentic, stop by the Hanalei Taro Wagon for a Hawaiian plate lunch or a hand made taro burger.
If you’re feeling active, head over to On & On or Black Coral Yoga Studio for a physical and spiritual awakening. On & On offers a range of treatments such as cryotherapy to endermologie. Or hop over to Black Coral and drop in to a heated vinyasa flow or gentle restorative yin class. After pampering yourself, go back to the Bay and watch the sunset and then head into Hanalei town for drinks and tapas at Barracuda or try some locally caught fish at Postcards.