Category: Hike Kauai

Hanakapiai Falls Sighting

Hanakapiai Falls Sighting

 

 

I braved the morning sunrise and headed to the north shore, as the road is now open for visitors after a 14 month closure for repairs. I was excited as I got closer to once again hike the Napali Coast to Hanakapi’ai Falls. It was all I expected and more.  With a new system of entry with only 30 spots for locals to park and 70 permitted spots for tourist, I’m sure this will assist in keeping this precious place . . . . precious.  Thank you for all the hard work preparing for the opening to this magical area of Kauai.  We are Grateful and blessed to have this opportunity to explore once again.  Remember to wear only reef safe sunscreen to protect the replenished fisheries and reefs that have been able to regrow and thrive.  Much appreciated.

 

 

Hide Away Spots

Hide Away Spots

 

Here is a place you very rarely get to see, where it all began.  Kilauea crater on the north coast of Kauai.

The birth place of this amazing island.

 

A rare view

Another rare beauty.  Hammerhead point.  Kipu Kai beach.  A privately owned area of Kauai.  There are many gems to see on Kauai.  Come take an adventure.

 

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon

Hiking with Adam from The Lonely Planet

As you descend the Kukui trail in Waimea Canyon, you reach the bottom after 2.5 miles.  Here you turn upstream rocking hopping and some trail up Waimea Canyon where you see the layers of the red rock cliffs in an assortment of vegetation that lives in dryer areas.  The vibe of this area is unique to Kauai.

Hihimanu Climb

Hihimanu Climb

OKOLEHAU TRAIL

Rope climb to the peaks of Hihimanu
A climb to remember for a life time.

View of Hanalei Bay from Hihimanu mountain

The Okolehau trail is a steep climb to a resting bench, providing a view of Hanalei Bay and the north shore that is definitely a trail to visit when dry.  The trail continues from this point another 2.5 miles to the peaks of Hihimanu, but is definitely not recommended alone and only to experienced hikers that are prepared for rope climbing and steep slopes.   This trail is an epic adventure.

 

Electric Green

Electric Green

Clear Blue Sky’s

 

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more green.  The glow today is sweet to the eyes and heart.  Moalepe trail on the east side of Kauai has some beautiful views, varying forests and wide open vistas including a straight shot view into Waialeale Crater.

 

Waialeale Blue Hole

Waialeale Blue Hole

Waialeale River Hike and Waterfalls Galore:

 

Heading to the wall

 

This magical hike into the heart of Kauai along the Wailua River up to the beginning of the headwaters, has to be one of the most spectacular river hikes you can undergo.  Its challenging on all levels.  Long hike, rock hopping nearly all the way until you reach the back wall of waterfalls and pools.  Eight miles round trip taking about 10 hours of, on the move hiking.  Special foot ware is definitely required and a 4WD vehicle that takes an hour to get you to the trail head.  For sure a unforgettable experience.  Keeping watch on the waterfalls and rising water levels to really important.  This area can flash flood.  Experienced knowledge of this area is definitely to your advantage.  But its a Wow all the way there and all the way back.

Ditch Trail in Kokee

Ditch Trail in Kokee

Rainbows over Koke’e

Rainbows over Kokee. Ditch Trail illuminates.

On the edge of a beautiful Waimea Canyon trail in Kokee, you will find this rim view full of water falls and often rainbows, with views of the spectacular canyon in many directions.  See old Koa trees at their biggest and best.  Certain areas of this trail were protected by the last hurricane and have old trees still standing.  Need a 4WD for this adventure.  That I have.

Rainbows galore on the ditch trail overlook

Outstanding spot to see rainbows in all directions with cliff and canyon views in all directions.  A jewel of Kokee is this spot and only a fairly short hike along the ridge.

Nic on the edge of Ditch Trail

 

 

Hanakapiai Falls North Shore Kauai

Hanakapiai Falls North Shore Kauai

Hanakapiai Falls – Kalalau Trail Kauai

Taken from the cave

 

Reaching this 300 foot waterfall is worth every step.  Beginning on the Kalalau Trail north shore of Kauai, you commence at Kee Beach which is an excellent snorkeling spot and especially enjoyable after this hike.  8 miles round trip you begin the first 2 miles along the Napali coast to Hanakapiai Beach.  Can be a treacherous spot in the winter for swimming, not recommended.  But in the summer you can visit caves and swim with caution as always, watching for currents.   After crossing the river, you then head inland for 2 miles until you reach the falls, crossing many streams and feeling the history unfold as you see Hawaiian stone walls and feel the ancient heritage in this glorious valley.  A huge pool sits at the base of this waterfall, freezing and often windy from the cascading waterfall, worth a dip for sure.  Jump in.

The Beginning

The Beginning

Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific

 

Discover the vast array of hiking trails in the Canyon, from the valley floor to high in the Waialeale Alakai swamp.  From dry red dirt to lush grey mud and green swamp plateaus.  To views across the mountains to the oceans, always different, always spectacular, always a joy discovering the infinite ways Kauai shows off her beauty.  Come join me on a Hike Kauai Adventure Tour.  And this is just the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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