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Hanakapi'ai Falls, Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Explore the exotic Na Pali coastline in search of secluded beaches and spectacular waterfalls.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview:  When hiking the trails of Kauai you can be forgiven for expecting to meet a T-Rex around the next bend, or to spot Indiana Jones... more »

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Points of Interest

1. The Trail Begins Where The Road Ends

Heading in a counter-clockwise direction take Kauai's coastal road as far as it'll go, and you'll find yourself at Ha'ena State Park. This is also a great place to end your hike (or let your non-hiking companions take a long break) where you can enjoy the golden sands and turquoise waters of Ke'e Beach.

Begin the hike at the Kalalau trailhead. ... More

2. Tough Going

Though the Kalalau Trail is well known for narrow, vertigo-inducing features, you won't find any of these during our route today which follows this trail only as far as the first two miles to Hanakapi'ai Beach. Despite this, the trail is still not plain sailing - you'll be negotiating rugged steps, slippery conditions and exposed tree roots that ... More

3. [JCT] Hanakapi'ai Beach

The Kalalau Trail descends to a stream crossing before opening up to reveal Hanakapi'ai Beach. This perfectly pristine and remote sandy beach is notoriously deadly, yet you'll likely still find folk frolicking about in the surf despite the many warning signs. This part of Kauai's coastline bears the full force of the Pacific Ocean, which puts... More

The two mile trail from the beach to the falls is a pleasant hike, but we recommend taking it steady since the terrain is now even more rugged and slippery than before. The sides of the valley become increasingly steep, which often fools GPS positioning, but you needn't worry since going off course following the stream to the waterfall is very... More