Hanalei is a small town on the north shore of Kauai, a last line of civilization before the wild and defined Nā Pali Coast. While the population of the place is about three hundred, it is rushed with tourists throughout the year.
In the town and especially Hanalei Bay itself, you'll discover the culture of surfing deeply rooted. Countless surfers are planted on the surf break, catching waves from dawn to dusk. These surfers are of all different ages, some old locals who've done this countless times, and small children hitting the surf after school.
Outside of the town and beach, you find the wilderness creeping more and more in. Taro fields surround the valley along the riverbank, and the jungle becomes thick swiftly. This harmonious balance of nature and town makes Hanalei a place which people love to visit, to take it slow. Though as people come to the town, it seemingly gets less slow, but that's the tradeoff with beauty it seems.