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Address: Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
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A MUST SEE

If you are physically fit you should take the time and hike to these falls. A few hours up but it's all worth it. The falls are beautiful and on a hot day take a swim, sit down... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 January 2017
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Saba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

If you are physically fit you should take the time and hike to these falls. A few hours up but it's all worth it. The falls are beautiful and on a hot day take a swim, sit down and enjoy nature at it's best.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This is a great day hike from Ke'e Beach, but make sure you do it when it hasn't rained for at least 48 hours. It says 8 miles total but my GPS tracker had it closer to 10 miles. The first 1 mile of the Kalalau Trail along the coast offers some of the most gorgeous views I've ever seen.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Challenging conditions: elevation changes, mud, stream crossings, and slippery rocks. it's going to take 4 hours to complete-so be ready with snacks and water. The payoff of seeing the falls and knowing you completed such a challenge was worth it to us. Bring Hiking Boots or Water Shoes!! Also consider bringing a towel if you want to jump in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

You can either do a 4-mile (round trip) hike to the beach or an 8-mile (round trip) hike to the waterfall. We did the longer hike and it was excellent but the shorter hike is also worth doing if you are not up for an 8 mile trek. The first two miles are along the Napali Coast and are beautiful... More 

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Thank Ruthjf
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This hike was a bit more than I bargained for as i'm in physio after leg surgery. I'm a seasoned hiker in the rocky mountains but found this surprisingly challenging, in a good way! There were tonnes of people along the trail so don't expect an epic private getaway. People watching was great in every configuration from sandals and bikinis... More 

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Thank K M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Read the low star reviews. They are spot on!! The first 2 miles to the beach is decent and not terribly difficult. The hike to the falls are a different story. You will be crossing streams waist deep in water. You're practically rock climbing on the side of a steep cliff at one point. My partner and I fell several... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Started at Kee Beach on the Kalalau trail and headed for Hanakapiai Falls (rigorous!). 8 miles total however that's thinking miles. Serious elevation changes - - ya pay attention to each step, not a single step is sure footed, frequent slippery rocks and boulder hoping. It's a mental work out as well as physical. Go slow and enjoy Many flash... More 

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I'm going to be a little different from everyone else and say that while I really enjoyed the hike (I love hiking), the waterfall wasn't that great to me. It was definitely cool, and I highly recommend this hike, but I got there and found the hike to be better than the waterfall. Going through the bamboo and stepping on... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

To get to the falls, you take a ~2 mile trail that starts at Hanakapi'ai Beach, which is ~2 miles from the nearest parking at Ke'e Beach, so it's about 4 miles total to get there. The 2 mile trail starting at Hanakapi'ai Beach is mostly uphill and through a lot of wooded areas, so there aren't a ton of... More 

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Thank Josh R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Challenging hike - lots of mud, slippery rocks, and rain! EXPECT to get muddy and wet - don't even worry about your shoes getting wet... they will be soaked! Caution crossing the streams - rocks are slippery and loose. Follow the orange/pink trail markers. Trekking poles/walking stick are recommended! You can swim in the pool at the base of the... More 

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