Why you should do it: Interesting and beautiful hike with unique views of Hanalei Bay.
Area: Hanalei / Princeville
Trail Length: .5 miles (one way)
Location at Google Maps (The semi-forested area just above the Hanalei River)
There is a hidden gem of a hike very near the St. Regis Princeville Resort and Hanalei Bay Resort (HBR) that offers a glimpse into the area’s history as well as a glimpse of some of the most dramatic views in all of Kauai. The hike is situated on the ridge overlooking the mouth of the Hanalei River. The ridge is the site of the former Hanalei Plantation as seen in the movie South Pacific. In the 1960s, a hotel was built on the site that was later converted to a Club Med Resort in the 1970s. After that went under, the resort was torn down and a new development was planned, but was abandoned after the foundations were poured. Though some locals refer to these foundations as the “Club Med Ruins” the “ruins” are actually from the 1980s development. Currently, a new development is being proposed for the land but is being met with opposition from the local community. The area is currently accessible to the public. From the St. Regis and HBR, hike down the beach (Puu Poa Beach) from the St. Regis. After you pass the marshy area that is behind the beach there is a ridge. Take the trail that leads up to the ridge. Once on the ridge you will find a large open area that contains the ruins and panoramic views of Hanalei Bay, the St. Regis and HBR. The area is also accessible from the top via Hanalei Plantation Road.