Kauai Sights

Hanakapiai Beach

  • End of Rte. 560 Map It
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  • Hanakapiai Beach, Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

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Published 08/07/2014

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If you're not up for the full 11-mile haul to Kalalau Beach, you can explore Napali Coast via a 2-mile hike to Hanakapiai Beach, which fronts a tropical valley. It'll take about 2 hours, and you'll have plenty of company on the trail. This is no longer a secluded beach, although it is still wilderness, and you'll find no amenities except pit toilets. The ocean here is what locals like to call "confused," and Hanakapiai Bay has been the site of numerous drownings. In the winter, surf often eats up the beach, exposing lava-rock boulders backing the sand. Be cautious when crossing the stream that runs through the valley, as it can quickly flood, stranding hikers on the wrong side. This has resulted in helicopter rescues and even deaths, as people are swept out to sea while attempting to cross. Amenities: toilets. Best for: sunset.

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End of Rte. 560, 7 miles west of Hanalei, Hawaii, United States

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Published 08/07/2014


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