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Nestled in Kaua’i Island, one of Hawaii’s oldest islands, is a 230-acre (93-hectare) stretch of paradise called Hāʻena State Park. The park is often referred to as the “end of the road” because it is located at the terminus of the Kuhio Highway, which is the major thoroughfare between the north and east shores of Kaua’i Island.
Swim in the turquoise waters at Ke’e Beach. Protected from large waves by reefs, the lagoon is ideal for snorkeling and the protected cove provides the perfect setting for picnicking, fishing and sunbathing. Hāʻena is also famous for its wet caves, which are fed by freshwater springs. Legend has it that Pele, Hawaii’s volcano goddess, dug the caves in her quest to find a new home, but finding only water, she abandoned the site.
If you are feeling active, walk the Kalalau Trail that starts in Hāʻena. This 11-mile (18-kilometer) hike takes you past cliffs and waterfalls and through lush valleys along the Nā Pali Coast. The trail is quite strenuous and if you choose to make the round trip, it is recommended to obtain a camping permit and stop overnight at Hanakoa or Kalalau Beach. For an easier pace, you can opt to walk the first quarter of the hike, which brings you to Hanakapi’ai Beach, a popular tourist attraction. Admire its beautiful scenery but beware its dangerous rip currents and high surf.
Hāʻena is an hour’s drive from Lihue. Lihue Airport, the main airport on Kaua’i Island, offers flights to Hawaii’s other islands as well as mainland United States. Hāʻena is 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of Hanalei, a beautiful crescent-shaped beach that features in several famous films, including South Pacific.
Hāʻena State Park offers many amenities for a day of hiking and picnicking, including restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables and drinking water. Admission to the park is free but it is best to arrive early, because parking spaces are limited. You can enjoy the park every day during daylight hours.
Since there is just a handful of Expedia hotels in Haena and its immediate surroundings, you ought to book ahead if you plan on staying locally.
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We had a great stay here! It was conveniently located and well priced. Our room was clean although the bathroom smelled a little musty at first. The parking lot gets a bit crowded but there is a grassy lot for extra parking which meant that we were always able to find a spot. We would stay here again! ...
The accommodations were very clean. The basic amenities were available. The only disappointment was an unbearable sofa bed location in the living room that was painful to sit upon for extended periods. That piece of furniture should be donated to Goodwill ASAP! Other than that unpleasant issue, we ...
Took the time to check this place out. Had super reasonable rate cause availability. Glad we did super comfortable bed and got some much needed relaxation. Mahalo and aloha's
We especially like the location and the charm of the property. We also liked the layout of the room.
Very clean unit, great area, garage parking, large bedrooms, fully stocked kitchen. We would stay again for sure.
Great location on the north end of the island. Beautiful view of the Napali coast cliffs from the lanai. Nice place to rest our heads at a great rate. Easy and quick to get down to Hanalei as well.
Donna's place is about as close to perfect as you will find! The location is ideal - the most gorgeous beach you can imagine is a mere two minute walk away. And the cottage is perfectly charming. Donna has thought of every possible comfort! She's quick to respond to every need and is true delight! ...