Park at the end of the road at Ke’e beach the hike begins at the Kalalau Trailhead and splits of after you get to the beach. Get there early the hike will take a while and there is not a lot of parking. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and bring a walking stick! This is a strenuous and challenging hike for sure. Wear good shoes but ones that you can get muddy. On the shady sides of the cliffs, and the trail after the beach there are very muddy parts even on dry days. I would not attempt this hike if rain is in the forecast. There are hardly any flat sections of the trail, most is up and down with mostly muddy wet rocks. It is a mostly shady hike through the rain forest with lots of neat plants and trees to see, and the first half of the hike beautiful views of the Napli Coast. It took us 8 hours total with breaks but I have to admit I am a super slow hiker. I really did not want to fall and get stuck out there. I do step aerobics 5 days a week but I walk slow as my husband constantly reminded me.
The 1st time you cross the river is right before the beach and is the deepest crossing of the hike and will need to wade across the stream that was about thigh deep when we were there. There are maybe four more river crossings you need to cross. A couple of them had some challenging spots to jump from rock to rock. There was also one river crossing were we started heading in the wrong direction. There were a couple of spots near the falls where the trail was not well marked. We saw some pink ribbons in the trees to helping us out. I brought a pair of sandals to wear while crossing the river then hung them off a D ring from my pack to dry. We were there in January and the beach was all rocks and the surf had 30’ waves. It was very impressive but no swimming! Just after the beach there is an outhouse but it was most absolutly the most disgusting outhouse ever.
The water fall is maybe 300 feet high and worth it. Many people were jumping off rocks swimming to get on some rock under the falls but the water was so cold we only went in up to our knees.
I do believe a walking stick would have helped me immensely.