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Hanakapi'ai Trail

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Amazing waterfall accessed from the Kalalau Trail


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

757' 231 m

High

71' 22 m

Low

705' 215 m

Up

19' 6 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Waterfall

Check local weather, access to this trail often closed due to flooding. Pay close attention to the flash flood warnings - they are no joke here. Dangerous shorebreak and riptides at Hanakapi`ai beach - use extreme caution (don't go into the ocean at this beach).

Need to Know

Notice: As of June 2019, advance reservations are now required for all vehicles, walk-in entry, and shuttle riders visiting Hāʻena State Park, as well as for day hikers accessing the Kalalau Trail. Plan your trip accordingly. Reservations may be may be made up to 30 days in advance, and no later than the day before your visit. For day permits and information go to: gohaena.com.
If parking to hike the Hanakapi'ai trail, it is recommended to get a morning and afternoon parking pass.

Four creek crossings; fairly easy to navigate, but be careful of the force of the flowing stream. You can swim in the pool at the falls; but watch for falling rocks near the falls (we saw them fall!) Main Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach can get crowded with tourists hiking, so suggest to get an early start.

Description

A beautiful trail off of the Kalalau Trail leading to the 300 foot tall Hanakapi'ai Falls. The trail here can be very slippery, narrow and steep, but the scenery and views are definitely worth it. It will require an occasional scramble. You'll feel like you are running through Jurassic Park! The creek crossings are straightforward, but be cautious of the flash flood warnings and use the suspension rope to balance.

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Shared By:

Bill Hilf with improvements by Tammy Goldmann

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Crossing the top of a small waterfall
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
Enough said...
Aug 3, 2016 near Princev…, HI
Hanakapia'i Falls
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
Hanakapia'i Beach - with the restrictions and permits after reopening in Jun 2019 the beach is completely vacant when we arrived - a rare occurrence
Aug 17, 2019 near Princev…, HI
The wet rocks are very slippery and are at the top of a small waterfall on the right
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
One of the stream crossings
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI

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Jun 6, 2022
Devin Radel
4mi
Nov 23, 2021
Casey Chu
Aug 1, 2021
Jim Bob Pipes
3.4mi
May 12, 2021
Zack Taylor
Feb 24, 2020
Courtney E
Very scrambly over wet rocks but beautiful waterfall at the end!
Nov 13, 2019
Jamie Walker
11mi
Oct 14, 2019
Robert Bocalan
Preferably wear hiking boots, as the trail is very slippery, but can done with regular shoes with good tread. — 1h 30m
Aug 26, 2019
Xavier Puplett