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Hanakapiai Falls

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Address: Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
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An awesome hiking and nature experience

Hiking along the river is just great. Some parts (especially when crossing the river multiple times) are quite challenging, overall you should be fit and have some hiking... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Linz, Austria
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Linz, Austria
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hiking along the river is just great. Some parts (especially when crossing the river multiple times) are quite challenging, overall you should be fit and have some hiking practise. Calculate a full day for this tour from the Kalalau Trail entry and back.

1 Thank markus11austria
Kauai, Hawaii
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hanakapiai Falls hike is difficult it is 8 miles round trip, allow 6-8 hours. You cross streams and a river, can be dangerous depending on rain/ flash floods. If you time it right the trip is well worth the effort, amazing views of a spectacular waterfall!

1 Thank Alohabobby
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We had a really great day trekking here! Not too strenuous but then we are experienced hikers. Fun times wading through the waters and scrambling up slippy clay like passes. Absolutely stunning scenery the whole way. The freezing dip at the falls is shocking but has to be done! I feel like we went through all seasons in a day... More 

1 Thank Jemma B
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Honestly, it's wasn't any easy hike for us but the views and scenery made up for the obstacles. Make sure you get there early to get a parking spot and time to relax and take everything around you. You won't be disappointed, maybe sore but not too bad :)

1 Thank jbirdbrown
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Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We started our hike at 10:45. The "Ranger" dude at the trailhead asked us where we planned on hiking to. When we told him "the falls", he said we'll be hiking in the dark. Not so. We did the hike to the river a year ago so we didn't need to stop and take pics at all the awesome vistas... More 

5 Thank AJ S
Hermosa Beach, California
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

This hike is one of our favs. It is anything but secluded when you start at the end of the road as there are too many cars for the limited parking. Get there early because if you park on the road you'll get a ticket even though signs are not visible. Definite Kauai income source. The hike is not for... More 

4 Thank Greg A
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you are physically fit you should take the time and hike to these falls. A few hours up but it's all worth it. The falls are beautiful and on a hot day take a swim, sit down and enjoy nature at it's best.

Thank Shelleyjolie
Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great day hike from Ke'e Beach, but make sure you do it when it hasn't rained for at least 48 hours. It says 8 miles total but my GPS tracker had it closer to 10 miles. The first 1 mile of the Kalalau Trail along the coast offers some of the most gorgeous views I've ever seen.... More 

5 Thank Nikeflies
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Challenging conditions: elevation changes, mud, stream crossings, and slippery rocks. it's going to take 4 hours to complete-so be ready with snacks and water. The payoff of seeing the falls and knowing you completed such a challenge was worth it to us. Bring Hiking Boots or Water Shoes!! Also consider bringing a towel if you want to jump in the... More 

Thank DMikeChicago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

You can either do a 4-mile (round trip) hike to the beach or an 8-mile (round trip) hike to the waterfall. We did the longer hike and it was excellent but the shorter hike is also worth doing if you are not up for an 8 mile trek. The first two miles are along the Napali Coast and are beautiful... More 

1 Thank Ruthjf

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