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“If You're Solo Bring Everything”
Review of Hanakapiai Falls

Hanakapiai Falls
Ranked #8 of 301 things to do in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This was a good experience as a solo traveler. You're not alone on the trail and lots of people will be there. Arrive early (solo or not) to get a head start on the trail and to get a descent parking spot. Take the break at the midway point on the beach. Have fun crossing all the waterways. Spend time at the falls. Just be with the nature. Lovely but hard trek.

1  Thank CSTMaryland
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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

This was my third time hiking on the beautiful Kalalau and my first time hiking to the waterfall. It is absolutely worth the effort if you are well prepared, fit and enjoy hiking. A lot of the negative reviews from people seem to by those who expected a paved path in the park and didn't notice the warning signs at the trailhead. The trail is slippery and muddy in places but not dangerous or overly difficult footing for intermediate hikers with proper footwear.
Do:
-wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat
-consider packing bug spray in the summer months
-bring more snacks and water than you think you need
-use common sense at river crossings
The river crossing can be slippery and difficult. The water moves quickly and it's just as difficult crossing on the rocks as it is going through them. Take your time and don't attempt to cross if the conditions are too poor.
We started the hike at sunrise and had the waterfall almost to ourselves, coming back it was a zoo. Start early to avoid the crowds and find parking. Enjoy!

4  Thank Travelfan353
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Reviewed 9 December 2017

The hike to Hanakapiai Falls can easily be done in an half day without the need for extensive gear. I'm a fairly fit and active person. I completed the hike in 6 hours round trip with athletic shoes and a backpack. The first portion of the trail to Hanakapiai Beach was very muddy but clearly marked. Actually the entire trail is very visible and apparent. There are a few stream crossings along the way that can become dangerous after heavy rains. Use your judgement, be smart, and turn around, don't drown if necessary.
I traveled as a solo female and felt very safe and comfortable during this activity.

5  Thank Sadie H
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

Some of the most breathtaking views you will see anywhere. And it's just so diverse. You hike up and down along the Napali Coast, make these wild stream crossings, (some of them have helipads near by so they can medvac people outta there--you don't want to miss a rock on some of these crossings or you're toast) You come upon an incredible beach, catch your breath and snap some pics. Pass through jungles of giant bamboo and banyan trees. If you are in it for the long haul, you hike another couple of hours beyond the beach stop to the top where Hanakapaiai Falls are. We parked on a big rock, ate sandwiches, had a beer. My husband swam in the pool right up to the falls... VERY cold. The return hike was kinda tough on the knees, so go easy on the return. If you have kiddies under 12, I wouldn't recommend hiking beyond the beach. I think the trip to the falls is for kids 12 years and up -- with a lot of stamina and a sense of adventure.

2  Thank whitjohnw
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This hike has many different reviews on difficulty. I would say for the young and athletic it’s easy. For those who are moderately active it’s a fun but challenging hike. And for those who’s idea of exercise is walking in the grocery store, this hike is not for you.
Beautiful waterfall 4 miles in. Take a dip. Snap some pics. It’s a fun day.

4  Thank KLC30
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