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Hanakapiai Falls, Kauai

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  • 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 »
  • Breathtaking views throughout the trail. The waterfall was amazing. I’m 17 weeks pregnant and in decent shape. The trail took me 6.5 hours to complete. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of...  more »
  • The Kalalau trail is super crowded and touristy. Lots of kids and folks wearing inappropriate footwear, with no real understanding of trail etiquette. Once you get past the beach where most people sto...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Wonderful walk, easy for jocks, challenging for 60+ age or heavy people. Round trip from parking lot is 8. EIGHT HOURS at a fast clip. parking may be a challenge on busy days. Take FOOD AND more WATER than you think you will need. Good walking stick helps. Trails are steep, rocky, mud slick, roots, and can get you if fatigued. Streams to cross. No weanies!!! The Falls and scenery are gorgeous and worth all the work. The water fall pool is cold and refreshing and a great swim.
  • The view is unlike anything I've ever seen I recommend bringing flotation devices for when you arrive

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