Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast.

Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast.
Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast.
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Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast.

 

The Hanakapi-ai Falls, named after a Menehune princess, can be found off the Kalalau Trail.

It is one of the most stunning waterfalls on the Na Pali Coast. The hike up the 11-mile long trail begins

at Ke’e Beach at the end of Highway 560. The Hanakapi’ae Beach is located two miles into the hike. Here, a stream from the Hanakapi’ai Valley flows down. The stream leads up two miles to the pool

where the beautiful 100-foot high cascading waterfalls empty into.

Hikers who want to continue up the strenuous Kalakau Trail, are required to have a valid state permit. The hike is very long and tiring, and hikers need to stop and camp along the way to rest either at the Kalalau Beach or the Hanakoa Falls. Beginners are not encouraged to go on the highly challenging trail. The day-long hike is muddy, step, slippery and involves several stream crossings.

The Kalakau is very popular and there is a very long waiting list for tourists who want to camp at the falls. The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks recommend that hikers bring sturdy hiking boots, tabbies (water shoes), water, food, insect repellant and sunblock.

 
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