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Hanakapiai Falls

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Address: Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
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beautiful and unique hike

You can either do a 4-mile (round trip) hike to the beach or an 8-mile (round trip) hike to the waterfall. We did the longer hike and it was excellent but the shorter hike is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

You can either do a 4-mile (round trip) hike to the beach or an 8-mile (round trip) hike to the waterfall. We did the longer hike and it was excellent but the shorter hike is also worth doing if you are not up for an 8 mile trek. The first two miles are along the Napali Coast and are beautiful... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

This hike was a bit more than I bargained for as i'm in physio after leg surgery. I'm a seasoned hiker in the rocky mountains but found this surprisingly challenging, in a good way! There were tonnes of people along the trail so don't expect an epic private getaway. People watching was great in every configuration from sandals and bikinis... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Read the low star reviews. They are spot on!! The first 2 miles to the beach is decent and not terribly difficult. The hike to the falls are a different story. You will be crossing streams waist deep in water. You're practically rock climbing on the side of a steep cliff at one point. My partner and I fell several... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Started at Kee Beach on the Kalalau trail and headed for Hanakapiai Falls (rigorous!). 8 miles total however that's thinking miles. Serious elevation changes - - ya pay attention to each step, not a single step is sure footed, frequent slippery rocks and boulder hoping. It's a mental work out as well as physical. Go slow and enjoy Many flash... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I'm going to be a little different from everyone else and say that while I really enjoyed the hike (I love hiking), the waterfall wasn't that great to me. It was definitely cool, and I highly recommend this hike, but I got there and found the hike to be better than the waterfall. Going through the bamboo and stepping on... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

To get to the falls, you take a ~2 mile trail that starts at Hanakapi'ai Beach, which is ~2 miles from the nearest parking at Ke'e Beach, so it's about 4 miles total to get there. The 2 mile trail starting at Hanakapi'ai Beach is mostly uphill and through a lot of wooded areas, so there aren't a ton of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Challenging hike - lots of mud, slippery rocks, and rain! EXPECT to get muddy and wet - don't even worry about your shoes getting wet... they will be soaked! Caution crossing the streams - rocks are slippery and loose. Follow the orange/pink trail markers. Trekking poles/walking stick are recommended! You can swim in the pool at the base of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

In my opinion this was one of the most beautiful hikes. Amazing views of the Na Pali coast, nice hanakapiai beach, lush forest with bamboo trees and many unique plants and the waterfall at the end was stunning! However, to get to the beach there is one stream crossing and another 3 on the way to the waterfall. Not trivial,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We did this trail the day after it had been closed for flash flooding. The river levels were back to normal, but the trail was CRAZY muddy. I am pretty sure my toes will forever be stained with mud after this hike. We work hiking/water shoes- so they had good traction, but still allowed from water use. This also meant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Pictures do not illustrate the true beauty. The rains of November gave the falls an epic flow we were thankful to have seen. Well worth the journey in and out on the 8 mile -6 hour Kalalu trail.

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