After flying over the amazing Na Pali Coast, we just had to hike it! Unfortunately, without a permit, you are only allowed to hike the first couple of miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach seen below, but that was enough to give us a great taste. I would love to come back and either backpack or kayak the whole thing.
As with most days we have had in Kauai, we had crazy weather. We started out in a heavy rain. I mean, like standing under the garden hose on full blast kind of heavy rain. But, as you see here, we also had some nice sun. Down on the beach we had sun and more heavy rain, then back to mostly sunny for the hike out. When it rains, it rains hard but often only lasts a few minutes.
There are lots of warnings, and the trail can be fairly slippery when wet. We were in running shoes, and that seemed to help, but it really was slick in places, often next to some extreme drops.
As enticing as the water was on the beach below, the waves were really pumping. There was a sign at the beach mentioning that heavy surf and strong currents had killed many people there – in fact they had a hash tag tally carved into the sign showing the number of people killed – it was at 82! That was sure effective – I did not want to become 83!