We did the first 2 miles to Hanakapai'ai beach. As others have mentioned, you need to be in fairly good shape to do this. If you have bad knees and/or ankles, don't even think about trying! It's also important to wear a pair of good hiking shoes and bring along lots of water.
Maybe we got lucky. The trail was dry on our hike. There was only one spot that was a bit wet and slippery. It wasn't muddy at all. Nobody fell or came close to falling.
We brought water shoes and bug spray but didn't need to use either. What we used a lot were the SLR/camcorder/P&S & our phone cameras! The views were just fantastic along the way. We made frequent stops and took many, many pictures. The hike turned into a photographic journey. As a result, we were passed over numerous times, by people old and young. We ended up using 5 1/2 hours to complete the round trip, including the 1+ hours we spent at the beach.
The beach was nice but it was quite windy there. The occasional blasting of wind-driven sand can be uncomfortable if staying out in the open long enough. The cliff walls offered a respite from the wind and the sand. Note that the wind was not be a problem at all further inland away from the beach. The surf looked treacherous. I would not recommend going into the water there.
Find a parking can be challenging - unless you get there really early or lucky enough to catch someone leaving. I think this will always be the case given the limited parking space available. We got there in late morning (around 11am). Not only was the lot full, but there were several cars sat idling, waiting for people to leave. The second lot (1/4 mile away) was also full. There were plenty of signs posted along the road between the 2 parking lots informing visitors not to park on the sides. Yet we still found plenty of people who ignored the warning. Although we didn't notice anyone getting ticketed that day, we didn't want to take the risk. We parked on the side of the road further out, close to the entrance of Limahuli Garden. It was probably more than .5 mile from the trailhead. A word of warning. We were told break ins and vandalism are common here. So try not to leave anything in your car. And if you must, make sure they are hidden from sight.
This hike was one of highlight of our trip. We were so glad that have done this. Next time we'll try to get to the falls.
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