What to Expect
Means: "Crescent Shaped"
The northern part of Kauai is Hanalei. It is also the name of a city, bay, beach, river, valley and lookout. The valley of Hanalei is surrounded by majestic mountains. A mile wide and 6 miles long, it the home of the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of all of Hawaii's taro is grown here. Taro is used to make poi and numerous other food products that were and still are the mainstay of many Hawaiian's diet. The fields are constantly irrigated with water and are grown in patches giving the valley a patchwork quilt look.
Beautiful, tall waterfalls flow down from the high mountains providing the valley with the abundant water needed to grow this crop. The little community of Hanalei is built around the bay which is completely ringed by a white sand Hanalei Beach.
Hanalei Bridge may look rickety but it has been around for many years. It does, however, have a 15-ton weight limit. The flooded taro fields, called kalo lo'i, are an ancient way of life in Hawaii.
Hanalei Bridge is a one-lane bridge - bridge etiquette: all vehicles on one side cross together and then all vehicles on the other side cross.
Beautiful beach surrounds the entire bay.
Picture post card lookout located at Mile Marker #0 just as you leave Princeville and head across the north shore.
Last gas station on the north shore is located across the street from the lookout.
Several restaurants and shops are located in the town of Hanalei.
From Pinceville, take Highway 56 west across the north shore of Kauai. Hanalei area begins when the Highway changes number to 560. The Hanalei Lookout is located at this number/name change.