Sitting on the northern coast of Kauai close to Tunnels Beach and Wainiha Bay, Haena is a very pleasant and surprising area located along Highway 56. Many people come here to see the natural beauty, while others come because of the ancient legend of the fire goddess creating the caves.
When visiting, you might venture into Haena State Park and Caves, which is a scenic park filled with different kinds of animal and plant life. After leaving, the highway takes you further north to Na Pali Coast. This area is enclosed within the state park, so you have a chance to see some pretty amazing things. There are many caves which are toured by thousands of people each year because of their beauty. Haena is the end of the road as far as civilization goes. You will find a bike trail here that leads you to the scenic area of the Na Pali Coast.
There are many activities to partake in while visiting the state park. In the summer, you may find yourself swimming and surfing in the ocean or hiking in the hills, while in the winter you may still be surfing and hiking... because the weather is basically unchanged throughout the year.
There are many points of interest to take note of, including Waioli Mission House, Waioli Mission Hall and the Waioli Huiia Church, which are very hot tourist destinations. You will notice five botanical gardens located near Haena. The best of these, Limahula Garden, was named national botanical garden of the year. There are 17 acres of gardens and rain forest, which contain rare and native plants, to enjoy.
Keep going and you will find the Kalalau Trail, which is great for hiking and was created by early Hawaiians. The trail can be very tiring, so make sure you are in shape before you attempt it. The trail is a total of 13 miles long and can take as long as 4-5 hours to complete, depending upon how fast you walk.
Found at the northernmost town of Kauai, prior to reach the end of the road and the border of the Na Pali cost, is Haena. Haena is primarily known for its remoteness and serenity. Here, you can privately enjoy two beautiful beaches, Ke’e and Haena, which you can access through the Haena State Park.
The Haena State Park is also known as the ‘end of the road’, which also marks the end point of the Kuhio Highway. Aside from being the access point for the two beaches, the park also offers trails to several ancient Hawaiian sites. One trail leads to the sea caves, which are estimated to be more than 4,000 years old. There is another trail that leads above the park beaches, where you can find archeological sites associated with hula. This includes a heiau, a shrine, dedicated to Laka.
For those interested in the Haena Real Estate market, you’ll find that the area is primarily composes of residential homes. The median price for an active Haena Real Estate offering is around $703,750 as of January 2012.
Haena isn't all wilderness - as there is an extravagant residential area, which is home to many of Hawaii's richest citizens. Many of the homes here cost upwards of $20 million, but span expansive areas that overlook the ocean and bluffs.