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Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Summary
Length8 mi
Elev. Gain760 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
TypeWaterfall
The Hanakapi'ai Falls named after a Menehune Princess is a 300-foot waterfall with a swimming hole at the base of it. A wet, tropical rainforest with guava and mango trees would lead you to the towering Hanakapi'ai Falls. The narrow valley that the trail falls into following the west bank of the Hanakapi'ai stream along with the Kalalau valleys, Hoolulu and the Waiahuakua valleys was once the home of the ancient Hawaiians.

The trail starts on the Kalalau trail and you have to walk for 2 miles to reach the Hanakapi'ai Beach. The first 1-mile is strewn with wet rocks and the second 1 mile makes you descent to the Hanakapi'ai beach with sea caves. You can enjoy a swim in the freshwater of the Hanakapi'ai stream. The trail takes you to the interior of the valley side of the beach along the west bank of the Hanakapi'ai stream. You need to walk under a thick canopy of mango, bamboo and eucalyptus trees to reach a small picnic area. An elevation in the trail will lead you to the river. You would be crossing it several times before the river gets wider after you trek for another 1.5 miles. After walking for around 2 miles, your trail would end at the base of the Hanakapi'ai waterfalls.

Users
Hikers

Best time to go
June to September

Cost
Free permit required if hiking past Hanakapi'ai Beach. Available at Kauai District State Parks office

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 13.184' N
159° 35.051' W

Driving Directions:
You have to walk for 2 miles on the Kalalau trail to reach the Hanakapi'ai Beach. The Hanakapi'ai falls is located in the interior of the valley side of the beach.
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Weather Report for Hanalei, HI
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 64 to 77. Northeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 71.9° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 30.07"
Dew Point: 66.0° F

Winds from the NNE at 3.3 mph gusting to 8.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.15"

Sunrise: 6:37 AM
Sunset: 6:08 PM
Weather reported from Koloa Estates, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA5)
Forecast
Sunday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 75 to 86. Northeast winds around 10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 62 to 75. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Haze. Highs 76 to 86. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 60 to 74. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:11 PM
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