Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast.
Hanakapi'ai Falls, Kalalau
Trail, Na Pali Coast.
Hanakapi-ai Falls, named after a Menehune
princess, can be found off the Kalalau
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
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
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.