Parking at Hāʻena State Park is limited to 100 stalls, so we recommend taking the Kaua’i North Shore Shuttle. Click the link below to buy a transportation ticket which also includes your entry into the park.
Questions? Call at 888-409-2702 during business hours which are 7 AM to 7 PM HST.
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The Hanakapiai Trail begins at the end of Highway 560 on the north shore of Kauai. You will need a parking pass and permit or shuttle ticket to enter Hanena State Park. The first 2 miles of this trail take you through a lush and enchanting tropical forest. As you set foot on the trailhead, you’ll be greeted by a dense canopy of emerald green foliage, chirping birds, and rustling leaves, creating a symphony of nature.
As you progress along this portion of the Kalalau Trail, you will switch back from the coast to valleys over freshwater streams and waterfalls. As you descend into Hanakapiai Valley, you will discover jungles of twisted vines, wild ginger, bananas, guava, varied Ti plants, and the cool waters of Hanakapiai Stream. The crystal clear river flowing from the falls two miles upriver is a refreshing reprieve for tired, hot, muddy feet. Cool off in the river. The ocean here is NOT for swimming.
When you reach Hanakapiai stream, you must cross the stream by boulder hopping. The beach is on the other side, and during the summer, this beautiful beach is excellent for sunbathing and 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 turnaround point, but 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 hazardous near the river and the shorelines. Refrain from attempting to cross the river during heavy rains. Flash flooding can occur without notice.
Heading into Kauai’s interior and remote terrain offers dome of the most beautiful backdrops on the world. By doing a little planning and being prepared you will make your hiking trip one of your best Kauai experiences.
- Hiking Plan Always tell someone where you are hiking (name and location of trail) you plan to hike and when you plan on returning.
- Water Drink one-half to one full quart of water or sports drink each and every hour you are hiking in the heat. Carry your water bottle in your hand and drink small amounts often. Make sure if you are drinking water from any streams or fresh water sources you purify your water with a purifier is certified to filter microbial leptosporosis or giardia (not all do).
- Food Carry high-energy, salty snacks as well as meals. The hike out is much easier when you provide your body with enough calories to support the extreme physical activity you are engaged in.
- Weather Check the weather before you set off on your hike. Kauai Weather Forecast
- First Aid It is important to know that cuts in tropical climates should be monitored closely. Don not expose open wounds or cuts to river water.
- Proper Footwear There are a variety of footwear options to choose from. The best advise is to wear what is comfortable for you. Do not break in new shoes along a hiking trail.
- Clothing Dress in layers so you can protect your skin from the tropical sun. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. A light rain jacket is recommended.