Na Pali - Kalalau
- Notes on the Na Pali Coast - Kalalau Valley
- The Na Pali Coast - Kalalau Valley Trail is administered
by the State Parks Department of the State of Hawaii. Hiking
requires no permit, but overnight camping does. Check with the
State Parks office in Lihue, Kauai.
- The trail begins at Ke'e Beach Park at the end of the east
coast highway. There is ample parking for about 20 cars. There
is no security, so park at your own risk.
- The trail is 11 miles long, broken up in three sections.
Although there is some elevation change, it is primarily a contour
trail above the coastline.
- From trailhead to Hanakapiai Stream (2 miles). Main danger
is Hanakapiai beach; There has been several fatalities here from
unexpected currents, etc. Be aware of the ocean at all times.
There is the Hanakapiai Falls further into the valley (your left),
but it's off the trail. No campsites here.
- From Hanakapiai to Hanakoa (4 miles). Tiny one room cabin,
may be locked. Campsites to the right of the trail, although
State Parks may have closed them by now. Cross stream to continue.
- From Hanakoa to Kalalau Beach (5 miles). As you approach
the mouth of Kalalau Valley, the trail crosses an eroded area
that requires caution. There are campsites near the beach. State
Parks personnel often check permits, so be sure you carry yours
with you. The beach is rocky, but nice. There is a cave at the
far end just under a small waterfall. Unofficial trails extend
into the valley for exploring. Ther may be Portapotties available
near the beach.
- There is no potable water on the trail. Carry at least two
liters of water. Carry water purification gear (filter, chemical
or boil). Hawaii has leptospirosis and giardia both, so don't
- Daytime temperatures range from 70's to 80's. Night temps
drop quickly once the sun goes down (6PM). There is little twilight
as Hawaii is only 21 degrees above the equator. It's almost like
turning off the lights.
- Light showers are almost guaranteed. Bring rain gear.Bring
a tent and a light sleeping bag.
- Bring maps and compass; for the techie, a GPS is handy but
- TSA rusles state fuel like white gas, butane and propane
are not allowed on planes. Neither are used stoves. Some hikers use
solid fuel tab stoves (Esbit, etc.); others use alchohol (meth) soda
can stoves and buy alchohol at local paint or sports stores. Check http://stuckinthewoods.info/gear/stove-transport.html for more tips and advice on stoves.
- Cell phone coverage is non-existant.
- Typical trip is three nights or more. One at Hanakoa, one(
or more) at Kalalau Beach, and a stop at Hanakoa on the way back.
Don't rush, enjoy the trip.
- Check the various guide books for more info; also the web.
Jim Yuen, 2004