Situated on the northern shore of the island of Kauai, Hawaii, the serene coastal town of Hanalei is considered to be the crowning jewel of region. This sandy white region is named after its crescent shape, because traditionally, the word Hanalei literally means crescent bay. Lush mountains, beautiful cascading waterfalls and other natural features have turned this dream vacation spot into one of the most desirable residential locations in Kauai, and the world.
During the last census conducted in 2000, Hanalei had a sparse population of barely 500 people. With a population density of roughly 737/square mile, Hanalei is the ideal location for a home away from home with privacy all around areas like the beachfront. The region was known to be a quiet farming town, but the onset of curious tourists and new residents has gone hand in hand with Hanalei’s generation of traditional farmers and their lifestyle.
Apart from its fine white sands, and world-class surfing opportunities that attracts millions of tourists from around the world, Hanalei is also the perfect place to own your very own piece of real estate. And given the region’s mesmerizing charm and friendly locals, it’s no surprise that Hanalei already has its fair share of celebrity owners, including Julia Roberts and Pierce Brosnan.
Other major attributes that attract investors and tourists alike include Hanalei’s serene Limahuli Gardens, Vibrant Hanalei Taro Farm, The National Wildlife Refuge, and the mystic Hula Temple.
Residential estates with deep heritage can be bought at this location, featuring up to 200 feet of open space and 1-8 bed & bath homes with sizes as big as 8,000 sq. feet. Hanalei Bay’s pristine beachside was rated as the No. 1 beach on Stephen Leatherman’s 2009 list of top beaches.
Besides numerous surf competitions and endless local adventures, Hanalei also hosts a number of annual festivals and competitions, including the famous Tahiti Fete festival and the Haena to Hanalei 8 Mile Run. Hanalei has been featured as the backdrop to a number of popular film productions, including the 1958 musical South Pacific that was filmed in the town and Lumahai Beach nearby. The region’s beauty and serenity are so desirable that it the inspiration to the setting of the famous Disney movie "Lilo & Stitch."
However, the focus for home-hunters looking at Hanalei has to be the heritage-level properties that one can buy here.
For those with children, the Hanalei region is administered by the Hawaii Department of Education, and the Hanalei Elementary School can be found within the town. The major shopping area of Hanalei on Kauai is the Ching Young Village. There are a variety of shops and restaurants concentrated around that area. Properties at Hanalei have seen cool appreciation due to the region’s emerging real estate market, with several big-investors offering everything from budget-friendly condos to two acre beachfront estates.
Hanalei is home to majestic mountain views, the cozy Hanalei Bay with some of the best winter surfing in the world, and a plethora of other amazing assets. Because of these luxuries and many more, Hanalei is set to be on the world market as a popular vacation retreat as well as a sagacious and tranquil place to retire and unwind.