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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 Princeville, HI
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 68. Southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight, then becoming light late in the night. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 74.3° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 73.2° F

Winds from the West at 1.8 mph gusting to 9.4 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 6:39 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Forecast
Friday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 72 to 81. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 57 to 69. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 80. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:53 PM
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