• Discover the tranquility of Haena a secluded paradise nestled in the majestic green mountains and swaying palms of the north shore of Kaua’i. This peaceful community, located at “the end of the road,” offers a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With no hotels or stores, Haena is the perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in nature.
  • To reach Haena, embark on a scenic journey across several one-lane bridges and along a road that hugs the mountains. Along the way, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Mount Makana, also known as Bali Hai, providing a stunning backdrop to your adventures. Haena boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, where you can swim, snorkel, or surf to your heart’s content. Haena Beach Park, with its sandy shores and shaded areas provided by the surrounding trees, is a must-visit destination.
  • On the mauka side of the road opposite Haena Beach Park, lies the Maniniholo dry cave. Legend has it that this cave was named after the area’s head fisherman of the Menehune, mythical creatures of Hawaiian folklore. Explore the cave, but be prepared for a lower ceiling as you venture deeper inside.
  • Makua Beach, also known as Tunnels, is a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise. Its nickname comes from the intricate network of coral formations and arches created by the reefs, teeming with vibrant marine life. The north shore road ends at Ke’e Beach, a reef-protected haven perfect for swimming and snorkeling. This beach marks the beginning of the Na Pali Coast and serves as the starting point for the renowned Kalalau Trail.
  • The Kalalau Trail, is an 11-mile footpath that provides the only land access to Na Pali State Park. The initial 2-mile trek leads you to Hanakapiai stream and beach, where a refreshing dip may seem tempting after a challenging hike. However, it’s important to note that strong rip currents and hazardous ocean conditions make swimming dangerous in this area. Remember to come prepared with appropriate footwear, drinking water, and bug spray to fully enjoy this adventure.
  • For a different kind of nature experience visit Limahuli Gardens. These gardens offer a captivating display of native plants and birds within a tropical rainforest landscape. Take a leisurely stroll through the terraced garden and immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and history. Don’t forget to take in the breathtaking views of the valley, mountains, and Pacific Ocean. If your idea of the perfect getaway involves swimwear, slippahs (flip-flops), and a laid-back lifestyle, Haena is the place for you. Experience the serenity of this hidden gem “at the end of the road” and indulge in swimming, snorkeling, or simply doing nothing at all.
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