• Lifeguarded


  • Good For

    Swimming, Surfing, Body boarding, Fishing, Relaxing, Watching sunset, Beach walking

Hanalei Pier is located at the mouth of the Hanalei River. This section of beach fronts Black Pot Beach Park, a popular camping area for local families. There is a small boat ramp where you can launch kayaks to paddle the Hanalei River. Hanalei Pier is where you will find the calmest spot for children to play in the surf.

The Historic Hanalei Pier is a popular landmark used as a busy working pier to load and offload sugar and other goods to and from ships. The pier was originally built of wood before 1892. In 1912 it was lengthened to 340 feet, but the wooden deck proved difficult to maintain in the tropical climate. In 1921 the legislature authorized $25,000 for a concrete deck. Conney and Morris were selected as contractors, and the work was completed by the end of 1922.

The Hanalei Pier Canopy underwent a complete restoration in 2012-13 after years of neglect and vandalism. The Hanalei Rotary Club spearheaded Save the Pier, a project that raised over $170,000 toward the restoration project now completed in was reconstructed and finished Today, Hanalei Pier is a landmark and a favorite recreation spot for water sports, watching the sunset over Bali Hai.

Because of its popularity with the locals and visitors, parking can be difficult on holidays and weekends. Weekdays are suggested days to visit for visitors.

Beach Safety

  • Choose beaches with a lifeguard.
  • Before entering the water check for any warning signs indicating hazardous conditions.
  • Avoid swimming during high surf.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Never allow small children to swim or play in water unattended.
  • Never swim in murky water and never swim in river mouths.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean, an unexpected wave can knock you down and drag you out.
  • Listen to weather and surf forecasts on local radio or check the surf report