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Kalalau Trail

Hiking the Na Pali Coast

The Kalalau trail runs for 11 miles along Kaua'i Na Pali coastline. This rough and beautiful trail provides a great access point to take in the breathtaking sea cliffs of Kaua'i's north coast.



Cave near the trailhead
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



The Na Pali coastline from the trail
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)

We hiked about 2 miles along the trail to Hanakapi'ai beach, an idyllic resting point with crashing waves and lush tropical forests. Although it looks like a perfect spot for a swim, the strong currents and the force of the waves at Hanakapi'ai make swimming here very dangerous - not recommended! A sign on the trail shows the ever-increasing death toll from this beach.



Hanakapi'ai Beach
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



Hanakapi'ai Beach
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



Waves at Hanakapi'ai Beach
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



Sign showing the current death toll from swimmers at Hanakapi'ai Beach
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)

If you really need to cool off in the water, turn inland from the beach and hike a further 2 miles up the river to Hanakapi'ai valley. The pool at the base of the waterfalls makes a nice spot for a lunch and provides a spot to cool off before heading back to the heat of the coastline trail.



Hanakapi'ai Valley
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



Waterfall in Hanakapi'ai Valley
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



The pool at the base of the waterfall in Hanakapi'ai Valley
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)



Derek and I in the Hanakapi'ai Valley
Kalalau trail, Kaua'i (March 15th, '08)

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