Hanalei is a census-designated place (CDP) in Kauai County, Hawaii. The CDP's population during the 2000 census was 478. The name means "lei making" or "crescent bay" in Hawaiian.
It is a popular tourist destination, and in 2009 the beach at Hanalei Bay was selected No. 1 on "Dr. Beach" Stephen Leatherman's list of top 10 beaches.
Some movies have also been filmed here.