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Ho'opi'i Falls

#113 of 263 things to do in Kauai
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Address: Kauai, HI

One of Kauai's best hiking trails.

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We followed a couple into the falls who had been there before and luckily we did because at one spot you didn't know which way to go. There is no signs telling you where to go... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Sarah C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We followed a couple into the falls who had been there before and luckily we did because at one spot you didn't know which way to go. There is no signs telling you where to go and even at the beginning it doesn't say Hoopini Falls. It wasn't as big as I was expecting but the kids still enjoyed going... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes a very hard find. I followed a jogger and dog to at least get to one of the falls. I am staying close by he keeps saying look for the red and silver fence sorry I think people in Kauai are colour blind from the rainbows lol. Going to try again to find the mystery swinging rope or I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

It must be nice to live in a neighborhood where this hike is just "right there!" Taking off from the neighborhood parking location, this is a gradual downhill hike until you reach the river & waterfall(s) area. We enjoyed the more popular & bigger waterfall, but on the hike back up, we took a side trail and found the second... More 

1 Thank jbla32
Kapaa, Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I live only 15 minutes from the trailhead, so I've been here frequently. It's okay, definitely not the best falls on the island. But if you have a bit of extra time around Kapa'a, it can be worthwhile. It's a short, easy hike, and if the water is cooperating you can jump in. Don't go the second or third falls,... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We looked for this spot, but did not find where to enter that was not private property. There may have been a few places to start walking in, but the signs and fences made it obvious that tourists were not wanted there.

1 Thank E P
Snohomish, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

As most other reviewers have noted, the trailhead is a little hard to find, and the trail itself is quite slippery. I'm super glad that I brought some lightweight hiking boots with me. I saw others in sandals or sneakers and they were sliding all over the place. Still, it was a very pleasant walk down to the falls and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

It's not easy to find the trail and when you do, it's slippery and a little intimidating, but it's worth it! 100% transparency- on the way to the first fall we passed a girl who slipped and dislocated her wrist (by looking we could see that it was CLEARLY out of place) but it didn't stop us, just made us... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

I don't understand many of these reviews. The trail is easy, the path is clear, and the waterfall is great. My wife & I had a couple hours before our departing plane flight, and Ho'opi'i Falls was the perfect attraction. A local spot, not too crowded, but a fun place to jump into a waterfall. Hike to the 1st waterfall... More 

1 Thank Michael W
Syracuse, New York, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

We hiked this due to the high reviews...the entrance is not well labelled, so we found it near the trail gate...decent hike, but without directions, we hiked up stream for a few, which was a bit treacherous...finally going downstream, the rocks on the right side of the trail before the waterfalls were VERY slick, and I slipped and damaged my... More 

1 Thank tmalley2177
Riceville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This trail was not easy to find; our GPS took us to someone's private property. My husband & I kept looking for a 'yellow gate' we had read about online, but we could not see it anywhere. We almost gave up, but a local gentleman pointed it out to us. Turns out, we were on the correct road; the gate... More 

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