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Hanalei Valley Lookout

Enjoy the glorious view of cascades, mountains and an intricate patchwork of fields, where taro for the island’s famous poi dish is grown.

The Hanalei Valley Lookout is one of Hawaii’s most iconic vistas. The panorama features the waterfalls and dramatic mountains that surround a lush, green valley with fields of taro, flanked by the Hanalei River. See mist and localized showers casting rainbows across the blue sky on sunny days. 

Gaze up at the tall Namolokama Mountain that serves as a scenic backdrop to the view. Admire the various shades of green that make up the valley floor, the individual fields and the verdant mountains. The patchwork of taro fields is split into small squares full of marshes and crops, which have been cultivated here for centuries. 

Go on a nature walk with your family for a sense of the size and beauty of the area. Encounter some of the scenic waterfalls that decorate the hilly surroundings. Listen for several species of bird native to the island. Enjoy the serenity of this agricultural area, away from the bustle of towns. It is particularly enchanting at sunset, when the changing hues of the sky are reflected in the wet patches of the fields. 

Lay down a blanket for a picnic with friends near this picturesque viewing platform. Snap photos of this vista as an excellent souvenir of your Hawaii vacation. Much of the poi that is produced and sold in Hawaii comes from this vast and scenic valley. It is a traditional Hawaiian dish with a pale purple color and is often served with salmon or salted fish. 

Visit the various shopping centers beside the valley. Dine at one of the restaurants in the charming town of Hanalei. 

The Hanalei Valley Lookout is in the southeastern part of Princeville on Kauai Island’s northern coast. It is a little north of the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Leave your car in one of the designated spaces of the small adjacent parking lot. Visit nearby sights, such as the Hanalei Bridge, the Princeville Shopping Center and the Makai Golf Club.


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The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas $375
The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

3838 Wyllie Rd, Princeville, HI
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Princeville resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Princeville Golf Course, Princeville Center, and Hanalei Valley Lookout. Sealodge Beach and Makai Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Princeville Resort $408
    Princeville Resort

    Princeville Resort

    5520 Kahaku Road, Princeville, HI
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Princeville, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Makai Golf Club and Princeville Golf Course. Princeville Botanical Gardens and Hanalei Bay are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Wyndham Bali Hai Villas
      Wyndham Bali Hai Villas

      Wyndham Bali Hai Villas

      4970 Pepelani Loop, Princeville, HI
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly condo building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Makai Golf Club and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Hanalei Valley Lookout. Kilauea Lighthouse is 7.6 mi (12.2 km) away.

        Wyndham Ka Eo Kai
        Wyndham Ka Eo Kai

        Wyndham Ka Eo Kai

        3970 Wyllie Rd., Kauai, Princeville, HI
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Princeville, this golf condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Princeville Golf Course and Princeville Center. Hanalei Valley Lookout and Makai Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Hale Waileia 3 Bedroom Home
          Hale Waileia 3 Bedroom Home

          Hale Waileia 3 Bedroom Home

          4260 Waileia Place, Princeville, HI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Princeville, this golf vacation home is steps from Hanalei Valley Lookout and Princeville Center. Princeville Golf Course and Makai Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            The Cliffs at Princeville
            The Cliffs at Princeville

            The Cliffs at Princeville

            3811 Edward Road, Princeville, HI
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Princeville condo resort is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Makai Golf Club and Sealodge Beach. Hideaways Beach and Princeville Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Newly Remodeled, Spacious 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Emmalani Court #214
              Newly Remodeled, Spacious 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Emmalani Court #214

              Newly Remodeled, Spacious 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Emmalani Court #214

              Princeville, HI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Princeville Golf Course and Princeville Center. Hanalei Valley Lookout and Makai Golf Club are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                New! Luxury, Upscale,home on the Golf Greens in Prestigious Princeville
                New! Luxury, Upscale,home on the Golf Greens in Prestigious Princeville

                New! Luxury, Upscale,home on the Golf Greens in Prestigious Princeville

                Princeville, HI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Princeville, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Princeville Golf Course and Princeville Center. Hanalei Valley Lookout and Makai Golf Club are also within 2 mi (3 km).