This is a spectacularly beautiful hike for the reasonably fit. The first 2 mile section leads you up to some jaw dropping vistas of the turquoise hued Napali coast and then back down to the golden sands of deadly Hanakapiai Beach. The second 2 miles lead you to Hanakapiai Falls. As others stated, this is an 8 mile hike round trip with the option of shortening the hike to 4 miles by just visiting the beach and turning around.
The hike to the beach is well trodden and marked. From the beach, the hike to the waterfall can be very slippery in places and is not as well marked. I was glad to have my hiking poles and hiking shoes for the second part of the hike. There are several places visitors must cross creek beds. One is before reaching and the beach, and there are a couple more treacherous crossing on the way to the waterfalls. At one point, I managed to stupidly slip and get one of my hiking boots completely soaked. I would advise bringing some flip flops and just walk across the creek bed rather than trying to navigate the rocks. Visitors should monitor the depth of the creek bed. We went during the rainy season, but the creeks were still safely passable on the morning we went.
Whatever you do… don't be one of the dummies swimming at the beach. Despite warning signs and references to the 82 drowning victims, there were idiotic people swimming, and this was in November when the currents pick up.
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