Princeville Guide

Princeville Guide
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Address , Princeville, HI
A guide to the master planned resort of Princeville on Kauai's north shore.

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Princeville is a small, master planned resort located on Kauai's north shore. To the west you'll find the city of Hanalei and to the east is Kilauea. It's easy to access this area using the Kuhio Highway (56) that runs along the perimeter of much of the island.

If you're coming from Lihue Airport (LIH) then plan around 50 minutes for the roughly 30 mile journey to Princeville. During rush hour times it can even take longer than that so be prepared for a bit of a drive.


Why is it named Princeville? As it turns out, it was named after an actual prince which was Prince Albert Kamehameha. Prince Albert was the son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma. At one point this land became a coffee farm and then sugarcane was grown here.

Eventually that turned into a cattle ranch and then, in 1968, some wise investors saw a real cash crop. Upscale tourism! Build some beautiful golf courses and a world class luxury resort and you have yourself the master planned community that is Princeville at Hanalei.

Princeville Today / Major Attractions

Today, Princeville is home to The St. Regis Princeville Resort, a beautiful luxury resort that we love. It's the only hotel here but there are several vacation condominium rentals around here as well.

In terms of beaches, you don't have many options right here in Princeville but there are plenty all around. Within the resort area you have Pu'u Poa Beach, which is in the back yard of The St. Regis Princeville Resort. Right next door to the hotel is Pali Ke Kua Beach (Hideaways) which takes a little work to get to but is a truly amazing place if you're up for the (small) challenge.

If you don't mind a fairly minor and short hike, the beauty of Queen's Bath is not to be missed. Though read our full review of Queen's Bath so that you understand why you shouldn't swim here. Hint, people have been killed here.

Fancy a little golf? Then check out the Makai Golf Club for some world class golfing. For food options, you have a few choices at The St. Regis Princeville Resort but taking the short drive to Hanalei will yield far more options.