If you’re looking for simple, comfortable accommodations in Hanalei, you’ll do well with either of the options here. Two offer fully-equipped kitchens, all three have great locations, and depending on your need for privacy, you can stay tucked away from Hanalei’s bustle or right in the middle of it.

Hanalei Inn (5-5468 Kuhio Hwy., 808/826-9333 or 877/445-2824, $139-149) offers five quaint and cute rooms just a block from beautiful Hanalei Bay. The rooms are simple, without frills, and provide queen-size beds, homey local style decor, air-conditioning, TV, and a covered lanai to take in the mountain views. Rooms without a kitchen are priced at $139 and with a kitchen go for $149. The kitchen is a nice touch for those who are looking to save money by grocery shopping and cooking at home. The great thing about the Hanalei Inn is that it’s right out in Hanalei, just minutes from snorkeling, hiking, and all of the spectacular north shore beaches at the end of the road. In the yard you’ll find a barbecue pit, hammocks, and a picnic bench to enjoy the outdoors. There are no phones in the rooms here, only a pay phone outside, but since most people travel with cell phones that doesn’t seem to be a problem. This is a good choice for those who intend to stay on the north shore while in Kaua‘i, and they offer a small discount for booking four nights or longer. They also have no minimum-night requirement, which is quite nice. There isn’t much going on in the rooms, but being outdoors on the north shore is heaven.

Beach in beautiful Hanalei.

Beach in beautiful Hanalei. Photo © Jason Sewall, licensed Creative Commons Attribution & ShareAlike.

Good location and a tasty breakfast are the highlights at Bed, Breakfast and Beach in Hanalei (5095 Pilikoa Rd., 808/826-6111, $120-170). The home is a very short distance from Hanalei Beach but doesn’t offer ocean views. Only one or two people are allowed to stay in the three rooms available. The three-story house with a large lanai makes for a good place to stay if you don’t mind meeting others. Breakfast is served daily 8:30-9am, including local fruits, banana pancakes, lemon coconut coffee cake, and more. Beach gear is available for use. On the second floor, the Country Cedar room has a queen bed while the Pua Lani room has a king bed; both have private baths and a two-night minimum. The third-floor Bali Hai suite is 700 square feet with a king-size bed, large private bath, and a three-night minimum. It’s not super private but nice, clean, and friendly.

The location can’t be beat at the Kaua‘i Coco Cabana (4766 Ananalu Rd., 808/821-9836, $125), a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath home on a lush two acres in a wonderful area in Wainiha toward the end of the road. The home sleeps one to two people and is placed along the Wainiha River, which you can swim in. This is a great spot for those who want to enjoy the peace and solitude of the beaches near the end of the road. It’s a fully equipped home with a $125 cleaning fee. The home is not suitable for children but is a great place for honeymooners, with a private outdoor shower, hammock, and beach gear.

Travel map of Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.