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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.
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  • 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 »
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  • This is an awesome place with a cover over the end of the pier. It has picnic tables and the breeze coming thru there makes a great place to sit and watch the ocean. It is a great place to take a swim. There are lifeguards there who are very observant. While we were there children were playing right in the riptide and he let the parents know to move the kids 15ft to the left to get them out of it. You can also take a long walk along the beach. It is gorgeous!!!!!
  • Main beach in the city of Hanalei. Like everything in the North shore the area is just gorgeous. As you can see we went with bad weather but still there were plenty of people around (including a camping area) so this is for sure one of the busiest beaches in the north. Showers on site, which makes it ideal. If you are looking for an isolated beach then maybe go to Hideaway beach or Tunnels beach - both very close to Hanalei. Still, Hanalei is gorgeous and you will enjoy it
  • Cute little defunct pier over very shallow waters. A local family was set up at the end fishing. Calm gentle waves washed over and we saw some kids practicing surfing. Scenery is beautiful and serene.
  • Amazing place if you want to learn how to surf. Scenery is beautiful. 4 stars only because it doesn't look like this beach gets clean so there are a lot of wood debris.
  • The Hanalei Pier is quite iconic. You will see it in paintings and art all over the island. It truly is stunning. There is a small parking lot and a park for kids to play. Many people enjoy picnics, enjoy the beach near the pier, or just a stroll down the long pier to look at the amazing sunsets. If you're in Hanalei, you might as well stop.
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