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Hanakapiai Falls, Kauai

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#7 of 30 in Nature in Kauai
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  • One of my favorite things we did on the island! The hike was easy for me, but I live at 8700 feet in the Rockies. You will want to bring plenty of water, it is a 8 mile hike roundtrip. 2 miles to the ...  more »
  • My wife and I made the round trip in about 8 hours with several breaks along the way. We are in our mid-late 30's in moderately good shape and did not have any issues with the trip. Even coming from t...  more »
  • It was hard, but rewarding. I kept telling myself (and him) that we would be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. And, I was not disappointed. It was just breathtakingly beautiful. I wish you could ju...  more »
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  • This hike is amazing, but was a lot longer than we thought. It was pouring rain which made it a little interesting but was worth it when you get to the falls. Make sure you wear shoes that you dont mind getting terribly dirty or can wash off. The beach half way through was a nice relaxing rest point and was too rough for us to go in while we were there. i would not really recommend this for kids as it is a little challenging (I would say 15+). The falls were really rocky so you either just swim the entire time, or I would keep my shoes on to navigate the swim to go under the falls. Half way though, you also pass a nice Mango tree that smells amazing.
  • Awesome moment there, well worth the lonnnng hike! Might get lost a bit but pretty straight forward. Crossing the streams may be hard for some folks but saw some kids crossing.
  • Absolutely beautiful hike. The first two miles is part of the kalalau trail which will lead you to the beach shown below. After that, the next two miles lead you to the waterfall. It is grueling if you're not used to hiking but well worth it. Tennis shoes are not recommended but people we're wearing them. Please enjoy the pictures. You are somewhere between 300- 400 feet up for the first part of the trail and the terrain is rough but keep your eyes on the trail and beware of wet or hazardous weather and you will be fine
  • A beautiful 300' waterfall that requires a bit of a tough hike through a muddy and rocky jungle trail to get to. At the end of mile marker 2 on the Kalalau trail follow the trail up the valley for another 2 miles to the waterfall. Enjoy a swim in the cold waters beneath although you do so at your own risk because they warn of falling rocks. Wear rugged water shoes or sandals as there are numerous stream crossings and the rocks are slippery. All in all this is an 8 mile round trip hike and can be done in 4-6 hours depending on how in shape you are.
  • The trail to the falls is not "advanced" but it is not easy. It's almost always wet. Very likely you're going to have a slip or two on the muddy parts of Kalalau. If you start up Kalalau Trail early to avoid the tourist train you'll likely lose the trail to the falls a couple of times . Going up the creek you'll be scrambling over slippery boulders in the stream bed. It's easy to fall and get hurt. Reef walkers are better than boots in my opinion. Great hike if you make it. Great hike even if you turn back. We end up returning back to Kee while the tourists are just starting up the trail. We're soaking wet and covered with mud; quite a shock to the incoming hikers.
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