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The hike to Hanakapiai Valley encompasses the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail. From the Kalalau Trail Head at Ke’e Beach, you will climb your way to windy point (½ mile) and find your first stunning view of the sea cliffs. After that you will switch back from coast to valleys, over freshwater streams and waterfalls for another mile. As you make your final descent into Hanakapiai Valley you will discover jungles of twisted vines, wild ginger, banana’s, guava, varied Ti plants and at the end the cool waters of Hanakapiai Stream. The crystal clear river that flows from the falls two miles up river is a refreshing reprieve for tired, hot and muddy feet. Cool off in the river, as the ocean here is NOT for swimming.
When you reach Hanakapiai stream you will need to cross the stream by boulder hopping (careful as the rocks can be slippery). The beach is on the other side and during the summer months this beautiful beach is great for sunbathing, exploring the rocks and caves. But at no time is swimming recommended. The views from the beach back up the valley are magical. Most people make this their turn around point, but for those with the time and endurance can trek up the river trail another two miles through bamboo forest;
During heavy rains and high surf this trail can be extremely dangerous near the river and the shorelines. Do not attempt to cross the river during heavy rains. Flash flooding can occur without notice.
Distance – 2 miles each way