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River flows from the mountains to the sea!

From the Hanalei Lookout in Princeville you can see the waterfalls in the mountains towards the interior of the island. As you travel down the steep grade of the twisting roadway... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2016
The Villages, Florida
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Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The river flows from the headwaters on Mt. Waialeale through the Hanalei NWR under the Kuhio highway, then alongside the road into Hanalei, on into the ocean close to Hanalei Pier. In the town of Hanalei, numerous kayak and paddleboard rentals allow you to explore the river. The Hanalei Valley lookout provides a nice view of the river and valley.

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The Villages, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

From the Hanalei Lookout in Princeville you can see the waterfalls in the mountains towards the interior of the island. As you travel down the steep grade of the twisting roadway into the Hanalei valley below, you can see the river carrying water away from the mountains, along the big taro farm, and under the one-way bridge. As you drive... More 

Thank thaward
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

This is. Beautiful river in the heart of Kauai. Do not swim in any of the rivers, but paddle boarding and kayaking are both just fine!

2 Thank QuickWhitTravel
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015

So much fun to kayak and paddle board on this smooth river. Beautiful setting and easy to get to from the St. Regis beach. Definitely do it at least once. We went twice because we were board at the St. Regis pool.

2 Thank PerfectionistHunter
Placentia, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

Rented kayaks & SUP & paddled up Hanalei River. Return trip we were able to pull out kayaks & SUP, have lunch in Hanalei Town, then finished the day paddling out to the mouth of the river at Hanalei Bay. Beach/Bay was super nice, small waves & clear sandy bottom. We were told it was about a 45 minute paddle... More 

Thank KittyKat1020
Waikiki, Hawaii
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2015

The possibility of Leptospirosis aside, the Hanalei River is amazing and worth spending a couples hours paddling on. There are a few rental places at the mouth of the river near the Hanalei beach park. $40-50 for the day. I paddle somewhat fast and went for 1.5 hours up stream before I bottomed out and had to turn back. The... More 

2 Thank Dan T
Somers, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2014

Spent 10 days at Hanalei and we were warned by locals not to swim in any of the rivers! Due to the wild boars and thousands of chickens all the rivers in Kauai are considered to carry bacterium leptospirosis and the danger of staph infections. They need to address this problem A SAP! We would not return to this beautiful... More 

3 Thank Piazzashell
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

Hanalei is less busy than Waimea and you can benefit from the added serenity. From the bay, it is about an hour effort to get to the Hanalei bridge; I assume a lot of people must turning back at this point. But the nicest part of the river start 15 minutes upstream after the bridge, where the river narrows and... More 

4 Thank WhatsInAScreenName42
Salinas, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Judy and I will never forget sharing a kayak on the Hanalei River, a quiet meandering stream between Princeville and the town of Hanalei on Kauai. The scenery is peaceful and inviting, and if you're boat-averse and otherwise fit there's a nice trail alongside the river if you prefer to hike. A dog was doing just that, walking upstream on... More 

4 Thank palshaw
Sawyer, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This is where many irrigated taro is grown. Its just amazing plus you can paddle up the river. Its worth your time to view. enjoyed the views and sounds of many birds.

1 Thank Steve O

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