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Monday, June 28, 2010

Kauai: Hike to Hanakapi'ai

One of the biggest items on our Kauai must-do list was hike along the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Falls. It is now one of my favorite hikes in the world--and that's saying something coming from a member of my family! For the first two miles, the trail follows the Na Pali coastline right alongside the ocean to a quiet, secluded beach. From there, you turn inland and navigate through a lush river valley for another few miles until you reach the falls.

The trail provides a fun little challenge with plenty of switchbacks, muddy streams, boulders, and river crossings along the way. It constantly rewards your efforts, however, with beautiful sweeping views of the Na Pali Coast, the pristine Hanakapi'ai Beach, and the tropical foliage on either side of the trail. And, of course, the gorgeous 300-foot waterfall that reigns over a small green valley and cascades into a refreshing blue pool below.

It looks as dreamy as it sounds.
If that picture doesn't make you want to go on this hike--or at least see more pictures of it--I don't know what will. To provide you with the eye candy without creating the longest blog post in the history of the universe, I put together a quick movie of pictures and video clips from the excursion.
Amazing, isn't it? We were in awe of our surroundings every single step of the way and would be hard pressed to name a favorite part of the hike to Hanakapi'ai. Although, the fact that the trail begins and ends at Ke'e Beach would be a strong contender. Even with all of the picturesque images we saw that day, there was no better sight after a grueling eight miles in the hot sun than the ocean water glistening through the coconut trees below.

Every hike should end in the ocean.


  1. Quick introduction--I'm Matt's childhood neighbor, Aimee. You met my older sister, Callie, at Andrew's reception (she may or may not introduced herself as 'the blog stalker'). Anyway, I thought I would actually write a comment instead of being a blog stalker myself. Ha ha ha.
    After reading all of your posts of Kuaui, I'm bound and determined to go. I never knew Kuaui had so much to offer. It's been the perfect travel brochure for me. My sister went to the same restaurant and tried the macadamia nut pancakes and she agrees--TO DIE FOR!

  2. I'm so jealous :) Its so pretty there. I definitely wanna go someday !!!!!

  3. I LOVE all of these posts Ashley!! It looks gorgeous there! You two have done so many amazing things together. Thank you for coming out here for my wedding, it was wonderful to have you in the temple with me to help me get ready and to have you in the wedding party! Miss you.

  4. omgoodness..if tony & I ever make it to hawaii i'm def referring us to your blog of fun places to go and things to see and do!

  5. GREAT! Next time you go take us! That is extremely beautiful. I need to be there, how about I just move there?! I think I could convince Matt???! I love those pictures.

  6. "Hey froggy" that's my fav. No more fun experiences without us.... K :-).

  7. Aimee! Your sister Callie is so cute. Do you have a blog, too? I'd love to see it!

  8. Great video! Love the song too! Thanks for sharing your experience. It made really anxious for my Kalalau hike in September 2014!!

  9. Thanks for sharing this video! Beautiful photos and video, love the song too :-) Watching your footage made me really anxious for my Kalalau hike coming up in September 2014!!


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