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Hiking the Kalalau Trail

a body of water surrounded by trees

The Kalalau Trail is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Hawai’i, attracting adventure seekers from all over. It is undeniably one of the most beautiful places in the world with cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and secluded beaches.

Since it is part of Haena State Park, hiking and camping permits are required and is only accessible by foot. Although commercial vessels are not allowed to drop off or pick up hikers, residents can visit by boat with restrictions.

The 22 mile roundtrip hike it not for the faint of heart and can take up to two days to complete. The trail goes from sea level to 800 feet in elevation after Hanakapiai Beach and during the rainy months, flash flooding can occur making it unsafe to cross the streams. In these cases, the state will shut down the trail until it is deemed safe to reopen.

The best time to hike the Kalalau trail is during the summer months (May-Oct) when the trail is dry.

If you would like to only do a portion of the trail, Hanakapiai falls is a great option. It’s located 2 miles inland from Hanakapiai Beach and is well worth the hike!

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