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Hanakapiai Falls

Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

This is an awesome trail with a great view of the Napali Coast. If you want to hike more down the coast trail MAKE sure you get your permit way in advance of your trip.

Thank 522troys
Reviewed August 1, 2016

We spent a day hiking the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Falls and back. The 8 miles took us nearly 7 hours, and was no joke! We went after a couple of rare dry days, which made the footing much more tolerable. The trail is mainly...More

6  Thank violinstringer
Reviewed July 30, 2016

Unless you are an experienced hiker, I do not recommend this UNLESS you are in great shape and go very slow so that you do not end up killing yourself. I am not a hiker and unfortunately didn't even think about reading reviews prior to...More

3  Thank DivingTriP
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We hiked this in July. After reading the many reviews here on trip advisor, I thought I would tackle this hike with some friends and our teens. I should preface this review with some facts. I'm 43, and I am in good shape physically. I...More

16  Thank cariburbs
Reviewed July 23, 2016

four miles in and four miles out. worth the 6 hours we spent doing it. one mile up with amazing views and breathless panoramas (from climbing and beauty) then one mile down to a safe swimming beach with screw pine shade (and a rustic bathroom...More

1  Thank chrisnorley
Reviewed July 20, 2016

This is a must hike for all hikers. Young kids and the elderly are not advise to even attempt the beach section. Never give up until you get to the falls. If you only go as far as the beach you miss crossing the stream...More

Thank Tom I
Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This hike was absolutely amazing!! Be prepared for rain, sun, and mud. The reward at the end is completely gorgeous. I would recommend bringing two pairs of shoes(one for before waterfall and one for after). Go early in the morning because parking fills up and...More

Thank Brenna B
Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

My 18 year old daughter and I made the 8 mile round trip hike and loved it!!! It was tiring and challenging and not for those who have health issues or are not athletic. I was glad we took the advice of locals and wore...More

Thank ChristineF0206
Reviewed July 2, 2016

Unforgettable hiking experience with my family! Bring lunch and snacks & bathing suit for once you get to the waterfall. The trail can get very muddy (at one point I walked barefoot), the vast majority is thankfully in the shade, but trail does cross stream...More

Thank marina_SP88
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Not the easiest of hikes but if you take your time and have good foot wear, it's not bad. The falls are beautiful and as challenging as the hike there is, it makes it that much better! It was very muddy when we went so...More

Thank Andy G
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Chelby S
Where exactly does the trail start? And where is the best place to park?
March 28, 2017|
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Response from Heather h | Reviewed this property |
We started near Kalalau Beach. There's limited parking if you arrive before 7 or 8am. Otherwise a quarter mile from the beach is a parking lot. Just be careful driving in because it has a steep drop off and lots of holes.
Michelle C
Hi! Are choco sandals alright or should I wear hiking shoes?
February 16, 2017|
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Response from Nikeflies | Reviewed this property |
Really depends on the conditions that day. If it's been rainy and muddy, you may want something more stable. If it's been dry, you'll be fine in chacos. My wife did the entire hike in chacos on a relatively dry day and... More
Are there any easy access rope swings or rock pools similar in kaui that are much more safe and still really unique?
September 8, 2016|
Response from johntO3966SI | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember any rope swings. There are some pools in the river going to the falls that you can get in.