"North Shore Seclusion" Haena by Hopkid

Haena Travel Guide: 16 reviews and 38 photos

Relaxed and Tropical Hawaii

Towards the end of the Kuhio Highway past Hanalei on the North Shore of Kauai, Haena is a collection of residential homes, some year-round residences, some available for rent. But they aren't grouped like in a subdivision. Many lots are large and filled with tropical vegetation such that you might not even be able to see homes next door. Staying in one of these homes, especially those right on the beach, provides a great experience of living in a tropical paradise but with all the amenties.

The Kuhio Highway is anything but a highway; more like a two-lane access road through tropical vegetation, one-lane bridges, and glimpses of homes on either side. As such, crowds in off-season times are non-existant until you get to the parking lots of Haena Beach Park and Ke'e Beach at the end of the road which has a nice beach itself and is the starting point for treks along the Kalaulau Trail on the beautiful Na Pali coastline. Other attractions include Limahuli Gardens, the Maniniholo Dry Cave, the Waikapala'e and Waikanaloa Wet Caves, Kaulu Paoa Heiau, Tunnels Beach, and the aforementioned beaches. Back towards civilization on the Kuhio Highway are Hanalei Town and Princeville, just a few minutes drive away.

My family and I have rented a home in Haena twice and simply love it there. Beautiful scenery, pristine beaches, limited crowds (at least when we have been in April and September), and close to nearby attractions. We highly recommend a stay on the North Shore and Haena is a great place to do it.

Hunting for shells on Tunnels Beach with Makana (aka Bali Hai from the movie South Pacific) in the background.

Inside the Maniniholo Dry Cave

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Relaxing, scenic, great beaches, uncrowded
  • Cons:Can be expensive to rent
  • In a nutshell:Feel of old Hawaii in a tropical paradise
  • Last visit to Haena: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated Apr 15, 2007
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  • Gypsystravels's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    I'm trying to decide which islands to visit on my next trip in a few months...either Maui or Kaui...wish I had enough time to do them both. I am leaning towards Maui at this point.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    Ka'pa'aa or Ke'e, at least you got to the right one! ;-] A great place to hang after hiking the cliffs. Great tips!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2007 at 7:48 PM

    Look at that, a new page from Andy!!! Your page is getting me excited about my upcoming trip to Maui :-)

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing. Great tips too.


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