Be Sure to Visit Hanalei Pier During Your Kauai Vacation

Hanalei pier is one of those low-key Hawaiian locations that, quite frankly, does it receive the fanfare it deserves. That’s a shame, because it’s a great spot for all kinds of activities, including swimming, surfing, picnicking, and sunset watching. Plus, the pier is rich in history as well as scenic beauty, making it a must-see stop during your Kauai vacation.


Built to Last

Hanalei pier was originally constructed in 1892. Work to expand its length began in the early years of the 20th century, eventually reaching a total of 340 feet. Local authorities replaced the original wooden deck with a new concrete structure in the 1920s. The 1940s saw the addition of a shed roof. The pier was originally meant to accommodate shipping companies bringing products to and from the island. This purpose dissolved in the early 1930s, but it was soon replaced by both locals and tourists who found the pier an irresistible place to relax and enjoy the island’s indescribable majesty. Numerous filming companies have used the pier as a favorite site for motion pictures like 1954’s Beachhead and 1957’s South Pacific. The structure survived the wrath of Hurricane Inki in 1992 and was restored to its full glory, including the canopy at the oceanfront end, in 2012-2013.

Today Hanalei pier is a favorite gathering spot, both for those who love crowns and those who prefer seclusion. Depending on what time of day you visit, you may find lots of elbow room or, conversely, plenty of chances to make new friends. That’s one of the great things about Hanalei pier. It offers something for everyone.

Here’s a quick list of some of the activities you can enjoy in this charming spot:

    • Swimming. The water is just off the pier are relatively shallow and calm, making them ideal for kids and novice swimmers. You’ll even find some avid snorkelers enjoying the rich array of natural wonders to be seen.


    • Surfing. As was swimming, this is a great place for younger and/or inexperienced enthusiasts to try out their fledgling skills at this invigorating sport.


  • Sunset watching. The area around the pier is acclaimed for the unforgettable views that affords of the sun’s daily trip below the horizon. With both rolling mountains and emerald Pacific waters to enhance the visual spectacle, Hanalei pier is an essential excursion for those who love watching the sun go down.

If you’re bringing the kids with you to Kauai, then you should know that the little ones love running up and down the length of the pier and jumping off of its edge into the water for a quick swim. It’s a great place for youngsters to work off some excess energy while enjoying helpful exercise. Be sure to visit this remarkable destination during your trip to the Garden Isle.

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