Hanalei is a tiny coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Hawaii. With a population of 473 people and just one neighborhood, Hanalei is the 53rd largest community in Hawaii.
Real Estate Prices
Hanalei home prices are not only among the most expensive in Hawaii, but Hanalei real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Occupations and Workforce
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hanalei is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hanalei is a town of service providers, managers and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Hanalei who work in food service (20.66%), management occupations (17.36%) and maintenance occupations (9.92%).
Of important note, Hanalei is also a town of artists. Hanalei has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Hanalei’s character.
Setting & Lifestyle
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Hanalei has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Hanalei a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One of the nice things about Hanalei is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.
Residents of the town have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.76 minutes getting to work every day.
Hanalei is a small town, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.