Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Kauai  /  Hanalei  /  Hanalei Pier

Hanalei Pier, Hanalei

4.5
Hanalei Pier is a pier built into Hanalei Bay on the northern shore of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii.HistoryThe wetlands of Hanalei Bay were used to grow taro by ancient Hawaiians. By the 1860s, the shrinking population of native Hawaiians was being replaced by ethnic Chinese people when their contracts expired on sugarcane plantations in Hawaii, such as the one directly to the north in Princeville. The new crop was rice, which was shipped to Honolulu to become the second largest export crop of the islands. After the annexation of Hawaii to the US in 1898, Hawaiian rice could not compete with rice grown in California and shipments declined.The pier was originally built of wood before 1892. In the early 1900s work began to extend the pier, and it was eventually lengthened to in 1912. In 1921 the legislature authorized US$25,000 for a new concrete deck, as the wooden deck was too difficult to maintain in the tropical climate. Conney and Morris were selected as contractors, and finished the construction of the new deck by the end of 1922. A shed roof was constructed at the far end of the pier in the 1940s.
Use our Hanalei holiday maker tool to add Hanalei Pier and other attractions to your Hanalei vacation plans.
Source
Create an itinerary including Hanalei Pier
map
Hanalei Pier Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
505 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • This was a tourist attraction. I could not believe how many people were at the beach and standing on the pier. The water did not seem that clear or clean to me, but it was shallow and the pier looked ...  more »
  • From fishermen to surfers, swimmers, stand up paddles, kayakers, body surfers, and people watchers you’ll find it all here. Hanalei Bay is a wonderful area and this pier was almost lost a few years ag...  more »
  • Did not rate it higher because of how crowded it gets. is a beautiful spot though and good swimming.  more »
Google
  • Hanalei Bay is one of our favorite places to go on the north shore of Kauai. Mostly tame waters in the summers and some good surf in the winter. This is a great place to learn paddle boarding. It is best to go in the early morning to beat the crowds. It does rain here though, all times of the year. So make sure to bring your beach umbrella.
  • Great photo spot! Beach was nice. Water was fairly calm. It was rather shallow which made it nice to walk out past the shore break. Great place for the family.
  • Beautiful! Showers and restrooms are available and you can drive your car directly on to the beach. Great for all ages and abilities.
  • Beautiful pier, shallow water. Saw lots of locals fishing on the pier. The views are amazing
  • One of my favorite views early in the morning is standing at Hanalei Pier while staying in Kauai. Nice beach area, does look like it gets busy. Close to a residential area.

Plan your trip to Hanalei

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Hanalei

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Hanalei by other users

8 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM SWEDEN May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 46 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 45 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 7 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 16 days in Canberra, Melbourne & Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans