The view from Hanalei Overlook.
Lyndsey Haraguchi-Nakayama leads tours of her family's picturesque Hanalei Valley lo'i kalo (taro terraces) and rice mill.
The Haraguchi Family has raised kalo—and prior to that, rice—on the floor of Hanalei Valley for five generations.
Fresh-pounded kalo, rolled in fresh-shredded coconut, provides a sweet treat on the Ho'opulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill Tour.
The Haraguchi Rice Mill and lo'i kalo tour begins and ends at the family's Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. wagon.
Hanalei's green, landmark Wai'oli Hui'ia Church was built in 1912, but Christian missionaries William and Mary Alexander formed its first congregation in 1834.
"On some Sundays, more than half our congregation are visitors," says Alpha Goto, kahu (pastor) of Wai'oli Hui'ia Church. "We like visitors!"
Come lunchtime, there's always a line at popular Hanalei burger joint Bubba Burger.
And for good reason. On the left, a Bubba Double Teri-Burger with Cheese. On the right, a house signature Bubba Burger.
The Swanson brothers—from left to right, Caz, Devin and Casey—have worked at Bubba Burger for eight, six and four years, respectively. Says Devin, "We all went to Hanalei School and used to walk past here after school. I still love the burgers."
Bridget White takes a break from her always busy grill to show off a fully loaded Bubba Burger favorite.
Bridget joins a roster of present and past Bubba Burger crew members that includes singer Colbie Caillat.
Hanalei's unofficial town square is a great place to relax on a sunny afternoon.
Hanalei's Wai'oli Mission House Museum is a former missionary home, built in 1837. Its grounds, interior furnishings and memorabilia provide a glimpse of rural Hanalei life in the late 1800s.
Framed by massive, sentinel-like mountains Hihimanu, Namolokama and Mamalahoa, Hanalei Pier offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Hanalei Bay and Beach.
First constructed of wood in 1892, for the purpose of loading Hanalei's rice crop onto ships, the pier was rebuilt and extended for cattle and cargo several times until the late 1930s, when Kauai's main shipping port became Lihue's Nawiliwili Harbor.
The pier was rebuilt and restored again after storm surge from Hurricane 'Iniki in 1992 caused major damage. These days, you'll find it a favorite of residents and visitors for fishing, relaxing or simply watching Hanalei's amazing sunsets.
Tom Napoli and Tara Telnes take an afternoon dip off Hanalei Pier after a day of snorkeling and spearfishing.
Bar Acuda Restaurant's Mediterranean-inspired menu is entirely tapas, and its modern-cool dining room and bar entirely packed on most nights.
Bar Acuda's bustling kitchen.
Bacalao—Portuguese salt cod with garlic, cream, potato and crostini—at Bar Acuda.
House cured chorizo sausage with sliced grilled apple at Bar Acuda.
Former pro surfer J.T. Turner works the counter at Hanalei Dolphin Fish Market.
The market is the best stop in Hanalei town for fresh Hawaiian water fish, a variety of poke and even handmade sushi rolls to go.
Mike Nakagoshi cleans and prepares a mahimahi at Hanalei Dolphin Fish Market. The market supplies fresh catch for all of next-door Hanalei Dolphin Restaurant & Sushi Lounge's seafood favorites, such as ...
... Rainbow Poke
The bar at Hanalei Dolphin Sushi Lounge on a busy Thursday night.
Tahiti Nui Restaurant and Lounge, just after sunset.
A Hanalei landmark since 1962, its original quasi-Polynesian decor largely intact, Tahiti Nui attracts a lively mix of Hanalei residents and visitors to its nightly live music.
Kanak Attack—from left to right, Darryl Gonzales, Garret Santos and Koko Kanealii—lead Hawaiian music and hula night at Tahiti Nui, every Thursday.
Tahiti Nui bar manager Pat Walters pours another one of his signature mai tais. Says Walters of the bar and restaurants late-night hours, "We're not the only place in Hanalei you can get a mai tai, but we're the last place you can get a mai tai every night."
Closed for the day, Wainiha General Store lights up the darkness of a stretch of Kuhio Highway, just outside of Hanalei.
Morning on Hanalei Bay.
Laid-back, low-key Hanalei Colony Resort's rooms are, literally, only footsteps from Wainiha Beach.
A pasture on the mauka (mountain-facing) side of Lumaha'i Beach.
Several mountain-fed rivers and streams empty into the ocean near Hanalei, including this winding stream at Lumaha'i Beach.
A cove at Lumaha'i Beach.
Kuhio Highway is the main drag through Hanalei. Continue past Hanalei several miles and the highway ends at Ke'e Beach and the east end of the Napali Coast.
Just after sunrise, Hanalei Beach's two-mile long crescent of white sand is still ripe for solitary exploration.
The crew at Titus Kinimaka Surf Shop in Hanalei—from left to right, Kaina Kahauna, Kawa'a Pascual, Robin Kinimaka and Kamua Swain.
The morning class at famed Kaua'i waterman Titus Kinimaka's Hawaiian School of Surfing gets its first lesson, on shore, before heading out into Hanalei Bay.
Former pro surfer Titus Kinimaka still goes out surfing every day, more than 55 years after first learning the sport. His Hawaiian School of Surfing, based in Hanalei, was the first to offer surfing lessons on Kauai. Among his former pupils: Sting, David Lee Roth, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor and Neil Armstrong. "It's great to teach surfing and see people get it," says Kinimaka.
Solomon Sully Nelson of British Columbia, Canada ... just a year old and ready to take a dip with his parents in Hanalei Bay.
Lifeguards (from left to right) Chris Pico, Tyler Hale and Tyrus Siale watch over beachgoers at Hanalei Bay and Beach.
"No complaints," says Chris Pico, asked about how much he enjoys having Hanalei Bay as his office every day.
Typical afternoon ... Lumahai Beach.
Kayaks paddle back up the Hanalei River after a morning in the bay with the instructors of Kayak Kauai.
Hawaii's state bird, the Hawaiian nene goose, is protected and thrives in the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge includes a substantial portion of the Hanalei River.
Kayakers paddle down the Hanalei River towards the famous Hanalei River Bridge.
Driver courtesy rules on the one-lane Hanalei River Bridge. Built in 1912, the steel-truss bridge replaced an 1895 iron-truss bridge that itself replaced a hand-pulled platform ferry. Crossing the bridge is the only way into Hanalei town by automobile.
Waiting to cross the Hanalei River Bridge.
Artist Dawn Lundquist paints Hanalei Valley from the overlook. Lundquist estimates she has likely painted the scene 25 times in her dozen years as a Kauai resident.
"This is the first thing that really got me," says Lundquist about the view from Hanalei Valley lookout. "The thing that made me say 'wow' when I moved to Hawaii."
Hanalei near sunset, from the Okolehao Trail in the mountains behind the valley.