As with many Kauai hikes, you may benefit from a guide who can educated you and your travel party about the history of the area, the plants, and animals of the trail. Where can you find such a guide? We highly recommend Scott at Kauai Hiking Adventures.
The trail can be rough in spots, but the 300-ft waterfall at the end is worth the trek. Take notice of the native plant life as well as the small bamboo forests you will pass through. The trail crisscrosses the stream several times, so be mindful of water flow. Make sure to pack rain gear because showers pop up frequently and carry drinking water since it is not safe to drink stream water.
Once you reach the falls feel free to reward yourself with a dip in the pool, just watch out for any falling rocks. Total hiking time is between 3-5 hours.
The Hanakapiai Falls Trail Photos
Trail Distance: 4 miles round trip from Hanakapi'ai Beach (8 miles round trip from Ke'e Beach)
Trail Difficulty: Difficult
Trail Elevation Change: 760 feet from the beach
Description: After hiking two miles of rugged terrain to Hanakapiai Beach along the Kalalau Trail you may be tempted to turn back and head back towards Ke'e Beach. But if you aren't too tired and have some time,...