Hike to Hanakāpī‘ai Falls

Kalalau Trail

Be prepared to swim under a 300ft waterfall and get another perspective of the Na Pali Coast. This day hike should take about 5-6 hours, so be pack accordingly.

This hike is on the beginning section of the Kalalau trail, at Ke'e Beach. Your trip begins with a winding 2 mile trail to Hanakapi`ai Beach. The beach is a beautiful place to hang out and relax, there's a stream where you can take a dip, and bathrooms if you need to stop. Unfortunately, there's no swimming at the beach, due to strong currents.

If you're planning to continue up to the falls, be prepared for another 2 mile climb uphill. This part of the hike gets more challenging with steep climbs, crossing a stream multiple times, and a little scrambling over boulders, but the reward is worth it. Once you've reached the falls, enjoy it! Take some time to relax, eat lunch, and swim in the pool below the falls. Keep in mind though, you've still got 4 miles to hike back. Due to the length of the hike, we recommend getting an early start on it just in case; you want to make sure you make it back to your car by the time the sun goes down.

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Good hiking shoes or boots
  • Lots of water (2+ Liters or filter)
  • Water filter
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Lightweight Clothing
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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It doesn't get better than this

An absolutely spectacular hike. You get to travel a good portion of the Kalalau Trail before heading up Hanakāpī‘ai Valley to a stunning waterfall. This is a challenging hike with lots of wading and very slippery portions. Be prepared for that. I bit it a couple times even though I was being very cautious. Totally worth it though. Best hike in Hawaii!

Must do

Amazing hike. It was very muddy when we went, but worth it. Beautiful views of the coast

Definentaly worth it!

This hike is without a doubt my favorite hike in Hawaii. The 8 miles roundtrip is not to strenuous which is very nice. I still would say you have to take on this hike. My biggest pieces of advise would be to start early, to avoid the crowds, and to wear a waterproof shoes. I wore water shoes when I hiked to the falls and it worked great since there isn't really any super steep parts to the trail and crossing the stream can be a little sketchy at times. Also the trail will most likely be muddy so having water shoes worked great in the fact that I just washed them off with a hose after the hike!


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