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.
It's unfortunate you cannot see the entire falls from within the valley. Estimates, based on topography, say that the Hanakapi'ai Falls may top 1600 foot in height. As noted above, only the bottom 410 feet of the falls are visible from the ground.
Total elevation gain for the segment between Ke`e and Hanakapi`ai is about 1060 feet (that's coming and going) and the hike takes approximately an hour and a half at a moderate pace. As noted, the falls are another two miles inland and it can take up to two hours just to reach the falls. The hike requires numerous stream crossings. If it's rained recently, don't go. Total elevation gain to the falls from Hanakapi'ai beach is 760 feet. This is a fairly strenuous hike.
Hanakapiai Falls Photos
Type: Point of Interest
Description: Hanakapi'ai Falls isn't a waterfall most visitors will ever see. Nestled deep inside Hanakapi'ai Valley on the Na Pali coast, it'll take some effort to reach. After hiking two miles of rugged terrain...