Hanakapiai is now open after the historic floods in 2018. See our updated North Shore Kauai road news which includes new parking regulations and Shuttle information. On behalf of our island community, we thank you for your kokua during this time.
You can hike to these Kauai waterfalls on the Kalalua Trail but it will take a full day to make the round-trip from Ke`e Beach. Bring plenty of water from your Kauai vacation rental and pack enough food for an incredible 8 mile adventure on the Na Pali Coast.
This Kauai hike will be another two miles after reaching Hanakapiai Beach. If you have enough energy left by then and the Kauai weather outlook is good, this can be an exhilarating finish to your day. Hanakapiai Falls cascades 300 feet inside a natural amphitheater. Its beauty makes this demanding trail worth the time and effort on your Kauai vacation.
Kauai Hiking Tips at Hanakapiai Falls.
Trail Conditions: There are three major stream crossings and an 800 foot elevation change. You’ll hike over rocks too. At the second stream crossing there is a view of the falls. At this point make the choice to continue or turn around. From here the trail becomes more strenuous and steep.
Look for: Mango trees, crumbling stone walled enclosures of ancient taro patches and even coffee shrubs from a 19th century plantation.
What to Bring: Plenty of water, wear hiking boots, pack enough food, have extra socks and don’t forget to leave early from Ke`e Beach.
Use Caution: If the stream is high turn back. Do not swim under the falls since rocks or heavy tree limbs may come over.
Kauai Vacation Rentals Close to Ke`e Beach.
Stay nearby at our Haena rentals and walk to the beach. Its also a short distance by car from our Hanalei vacation rentals. Another option are Kauai condos and homes at Princeville resort. Book any of our Kauai vacation rentals online or call us at 800-325-5701 for reservations.
Read our guide to Kauai Activities and top recommendations of things to do on Kauai.