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Nestled in Kaua’i Island, one of Hawaii’s oldest islands, is a 230-acre (93-hectare) stretch of paradise called Hāʻena State Park. The park is often referred to as the “end of the road” because it is located at the terminus of the Kuhio Highway, which is the major thoroughfare between the north and east shores of Kaua’i Island.
Swim in the turquoise waters at Ke’e Beach. Protected from large waves by reefs, the lagoon is ideal for snorkeling and the protected cove provides the perfect setting for picnicking, fishing and sunbathing. Hāʻena is also famous for its wet caves, which are fed by freshwater springs. Legend has it that Pele, Hawaii’s volcano goddess, dug the caves in her quest to find a new home, but finding only water, she abandoned the site.
If you are feeling active, walk the Kalalau Trail that starts in Hāʻena. This 11-mile (18-kilometer) hike takes you past cliffs and waterfalls and through lush valleys along the Nā Pali Coast. The trail is quite strenuous and if you choose to make the round trip, it is recommended to obtain a camping permit and stop overnight at Hanakoa or Kalalau Beach. For an easier pace, you can opt to walk the first quarter of the hike, which brings you to Hanakapi’ai Beach, a popular tourist attraction. Admire its beautiful scenery but beware its dangerous rip currents and high surf.
Hāʻena is an hour’s drive from Lihue. Lihue Airport, the main airport on Kaua’i Island, offers flights to Hawaii’s other islands as well as mainland United States. Hāʻena is 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of Hanalei, a beautiful crescent-shaped beach that features in several famous films, including South Pacific.
Hāʻena State Park offers many amenities for a day of hiking and picnicking, including restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables and drinking water. Admission to the park is free but it is best to arrive early, because parking spaces are limited. You can enjoy the park every day during daylight hours.
Accommodation in Haena
Since there is just a handful of Expedia hotels in Haena and its immediate surroundings, you ought to book ahead if you plan on staying locally.
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Makai Golf Club and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Hanalei Valley Lookout. Kilauea Lighthouse is 7.6 mi (12.3 km) away.
Situated on one of the world's most beautiful sites, this new Kauai resort overlooks Hanalei Bay and the emerald Napali Coast. Ancient sea caves, lagoons, a wildlife refuge, and mountains surround the resort.
Situated near the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Princeville Center and Princeville Golf Course. Hanalei Valley Lookout and Makai Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Princeville resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Princeville Center and Princeville Golf Course. Hanalei Valley Lookout and Queen's Bath are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Coconut trees rustle amid the black-sand beaches of East Kauai, and pretty gardens surround this former sugar plantation; set on 27 acres, cottages offer quiet respite close to the entrance of Waimea Canyon.
Located directly on the beach, Hanalei Colony Resort is only 1 mile from Kauai's famous Tunnels Beach and less than 5 miles from downtown Hanalei and Hanalei Bay. Ke'e Beach and Haena State Park are within 3 miles. Princeville Golf Courses are just minutes away.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of West Kauai Technology and Visitor Center and Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park. One Ali'i Fishpond and Kauai Soto Zen Temple Zenshuji are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the planned community of Princeville, Hawaii on Kauai's North Shore, this relaxed condo/hotel is 5 minutes from Hanalei Valley Lookout and 15 minutes from Limahuli Botanical Gardens.