Once you see the Napali Coast, it will forever remain in your memory as one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. The serrated-edged cliffs reach for the sky and abruptly fall into the ocean. Beautiful waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to carve out these rugged valleys and shape the shorelines. The ancient Hawaiians favored these shores because of their easy access to typically “hard to catch” ocean delicacies. Extensive stone foundations and walls can still be found on the valley floors, remnants of once thriving Hawaiian settlements. Waterfalls and swift flowing streams continue to carve out these rugged valleys and shape the shorelines.
On land, Ke’e Beach is the furthest point for all vehicles. To the east is Ha’ena Beach Park with picnic tables. To the west is the widely known Kalalau Trail, one of the world’s premier hikes. The first two miles of the trail is a popular day hike. It stretches from Ha’ena State Park to Hanakapi’ai Beach, offering people just a sample of what lies beyond. Be aware that crossing Hanakapi’ai Stream is dangerous when it becomes swollen due to rain; do not attempt to cross it at such a time.
The 11-mile Kalalau Trail provides the only land access into this part of the island. Once a foot trail created by the Hawaiian people who lived in the area, the trail loosely follows this path traversing five valleys and skirting imposing cliffs with incredible views, ending at Kalalau Beach. To tackle this advanced hike, a permit is mandatory, as well as sufficient food, water and shelter. Remember to pack out what you pack in and leave this pristine area better than how you found it!