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Hanakapi`ai Trail

Beginning section of Kalalau Trail, Kauai, HI
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Wonderful views, strenuous trail

This trail is tough as it had slippery sections, narrow sections, steep sections and rocky... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2016
New Brunswick, Canada
via mobile
Challenging, but so worth it!

The short and sweet: The trail is challenging, but doable Bring a hydration pack. I used 1.25 of... read more

Reviewed August 8, 2016
Amy T
San Jose, California
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Beginning section of Kalalau Trail, Kauai, HI
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Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

This trail is tough as it had slippery sections, narrow sections, steep sections and rocky sections. Not something I would want to hike after rains. We had a beautiful hot sunny day and as it had rained small amount the night before and there are...More

Thank SeenaC-13
Reviewed August 8, 2016

The short and sweet: The trail is challenging, but doable Bring a hydration pack. I used 1.25 of my 2 liters within the first 2 miles. Also bring, snacks and fueling foods. Hiking sandals work great for the first stretch to Hanakapi’ai Beach The river...More

Thank Amy T
Reviewed July 8, 2016

This place has got to be one of the most fantastic scenes in the world...and I am well traveled and seen my fare share of gorgeous spots. I was very surprised to find this trail much more difficult than I'd anticipated for a two mile,...More

Thank Hollybb
Reviewed June 20, 2016

My husband and I did this hike this morning with our plan to make it to the falls. It was raining last night and half of today, so the trail was very wet and muddy. We are in good shape and it was very strenuous....More

Thank Ryanne R
Reviewed June 5, 2016

We started at around 10.45am on the hike to the beach which took us about 1hr 10 minutes, but we're both very fit and went faster than many on the trail. It had rained the night before and the trail was not only steep but...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

As an avid hiker from Colorado living in California, take it from me: this is one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit. I almost can't believe it was so accessible! The Hanakapiai Trail is a gorgeous trail winding along the Napali Coast....More

Thank Gouri S
Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

We hiked to the beach and back in 3 hours. We began at 7:45 am and were glad we did because walking back it was getting busy and the parking was overfull. Definitely go early. Couple of things: 1. Not an easy hike. I'm young...More

1  Thank Brittany M
Reviewed April 30, 2016

This trail from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai valley is a 2 mile-hike and you should allow yourself 3-4 hours for a round trip to the beach. We went on April 11 early in the morning. The hiking is very challenging because of the big rocks,...More

Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed February 15, 2016

This was a nice hike up and down and up and down along the coastline. There were many spots to stop and take in in the view and catch your breath. I expected to be able to hear birds chirping but the only birds I...More

Thank jengrump
Reviewed December 26, 2015

We hiked the two miles down the Kalalau Trail from Ke'e Beach (Haena State Park) back in Jan of 2015, and again in Dec of 2015. In Jan, there was no sand. Huge surf. Massive "dragon's tail" waves back-breaking over the incoming 20' surf reflecting...More

Thank gdp1
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January 4, 2017|
Response from sneha d | Reviewed this property |
You can definitely give a try and turn back at any time if required. There are some good lookout points at .25 and .5 miles. I would suggest you choose a good sunny day for the hike. Also, note that the trail would be a... More