Category: North Shore 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.

 

 

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.

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