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Hanalei Pier, Hanalei
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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.The pier has been a gathering place for the citizens of Hanalei since it was abandoned for shipping in 1933. It was also the main filming area for the 1954 film Beachhead and the 1957 film South Pacific. The pier was added to the National Register of Historic Places listings in Hawaii on September 13, 1979 as site 79000757.
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  • Pier has been rebuilt in the 90's so it's a nice sturdy structure. It is covered at the end with benches for people to sit and watch the surfers. I'm sure when the winter swells come in the surfers wo...  more »
  • Easy access with lots of parking, the pier advances into green water, making this a memorable walk. Superb view of the surrounding hills too. Kids have fun jumping from the pier into the water, with a...  more »
  • This historic pier has been seen in many movies, including Bird of Paradise, Beachhead, South Pacific and Wackiest Ship in the Army. The end of the pier is a great location for some amazing shots of H...  more »
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  • A lot more crowded then other beaches. This beach allows parking on the beach itself, only a few feet from the shore line. I felt this destroyed the feel of this island. Cars and trucks moving about constantly, nothing like smelling car fumes as you sit on the sand watching the sunset. Lots of kids jumping off the end of the pier which was fun to watch.
  • Very crowded with kids and families, it escapes me why they allow people to drive their cars down to the water front here, but they do. You hear people blasting annoying music over one another for example, which sort of blows if you just want a walk down the pier in peace and quiet....
  • Nice pier on the north side. Usually crowded. Kids jumping off into the ocean
  • This is a great destination spot. It's been used in dozens of films and is a great spot to see the "circle of beauty"...that is the meaning of Hanalei. Respect the locals and Tread Lightly On Kauai.
  • Verry fun for your kids, they love to run up and down the peir and watch kids jump off. I also recomend coming just before sunset and watching the sunset. It is a realy nice peir, with shelter for rain, which is great since in Kauai it rains so often. I recomend coming here at least once.