Contributor: Josefa Abdelnour
Dates of Travel: April 2017
Accommodations: Hanalei Colony Resort
Something magical happens to you when you arrive in Hanalei. It is situated on the north shore of Kauai between the verdant Na Pali Mountains and golden beaches of Hanalei Bay. The mountains, surf, and breezes penetrate your senses and have an immediate chill inducing effect on you.
Be sure to spend some time at the Hanalei Pier to bear witness to a magnificent sunset.
We drove ten minutes past Hanalei along a windy road with no less than six one-lane bridges to arrive at the Hanalei Colony Resort. Along the way, be sure to check out the General Store and Sushi Girl. They’re the “Last Chance” for services before the Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park.
We were content to sit on the deck of our ocean front condo at Hanalei Colony Resort staring out at the ocean for hours and forgetting our hurried life back in New York City.
When we were feeling a bit more ambitious, we explored the tasty restaurants, fun shops, and farmers markets of Hanalei Town. We especially enjoyed JoJo’s Shave Ice which features unique combinations like macadamia nut ice cream surrounded by lilikoi flavored ice. Each serving is approximately the size of your head. We followed our noses to Kauai Nut Roasters where the delicious smells from their kitchen waft right out into the parking lot. When you enter, the kitchen is to your left where they roast nuts in small batches by hand. Thankfully, their tasting bar is directly opposite the kitchen to your right where you can sample the creative combinations like Mac & Cheese Macadamias, Kaua’i Coffee Almonds, and Pineapple Li Hing Mui Almonds.
We absolutely fell in love with the Waterfall Picnic Ride we attended through Princeville Ranch Adventures which culminated with a picnic lunch at an eighty foot waterfall after a thirty minute horseback ride through open pastures and lush rainforest.
The taro fields of the Hanalei Poi Company are absolutely gorgeous.
Tunnels Beach offers snorkeling and scuba diving against a backdrop of lush jungle and mountains making this a picture perfect beach. Lava tubes form underwater caverns which give Tunnels its name. It offers a magical underwater world to explore. Don’t miss the spectacular sunset from this North Shore beach.
Be sure to check out the magnificent Spouting Horn blowhole and craft booths in Spouting Horn Park. The blowhole was formed from an ancient lava tube and can reach up to fifty feet at high tides and high surf conditions.
We booked a sailing adventure along the Na Pali Coast through Captain Andy’s Sailing Adventures and it was by far the most amazing experience we had on Kauai. We enjoyed breakfast followed by snorkeling, then a guided tour of waterfalls, lava tubes, caves, beaches, and trails of the Na Pali Coast all while aboard a 55′ sailing catamaran. The crew was friendly and informative. And to the passengers delight, the captain stopped the boat when he spotted a pod of spinner dolphins jumping out of the water. My family decided the Na Pali Coast is the most beautiful place we have seen on earth.