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Hanakapi'ai Beach

A dream come true beach rewards the summer hiker after a strenuous 2 mile trek.  You are rewarded with a 500 ft wide beach, a freshwater stream, and a few small sea caves.  The beach is lovely sand from May to September.   There are usually a dozen or so visitors.

The winter hiker from October to April is rewarded the same way except the sand is absent -- washed away by the winter surf.  In place of sand are boulders -- 1/2 to 2 foot around -- that offer an unusual termination to the crashing waves.  You will probably still find a dozen visitors.

Do not  swim at this beach due to dangerous surf, do not drink the water from the stream, and use care on the trail -- especially in rainy weather -- as it is very muddy and slippery.  Many visitors add another 2 mile hike to the Hanakapiai falls.

---  None.  Bring your own water [2 quarts per person recommended] and snacks.  Be sure to pack out your trash.
--- Very Clean
--- Sand in Summer, Rocks in Winter
--- Strong Surf
--- 30 feet to next visitor
--- Swimming is not advised as the surf can be very rough
--- Another 2 mile hike inland will bring you to 400 foot Hanakapiai waterfall.  This makes a 8 mile trip parking lot to parking lot.  Bring extra water and food.
--- Additional hiking along the Kalalau trail does not offer any unique scenery for at least another 4 miles.
Directions -- 30 min drive plus 1 hour hike --
Hanakapi'ai beach is accessible only by hiking 2 miles [and 500 vertical feet up and 500 feet down] of the NaPali trail.  The trailhead shares the same parking lot as Ke'e beach.  Turn right out of Princeville on Highway 56.  Drive through Hanalei and continue another 8.8 miles on Highway 506 until the road ends.  The trailhead is on the left by an information sign.  The trail immediately starts climbing over slippery rocks.  If the going at the start is too difficult, turn around now -- it won't get any easier.



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