- This is considered Kaui'i's best hike, but it is a difficult one. Views include the Na Pali Coast, surrounding valleys, waterfalls, and ancient ruins. There is a shorter, two-mile version from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai.
The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the coast. The trail begins at Ke'e Beach in Ha'ena State Park, at the northwest end of Kuhio Highway (Route 56). The eleven-mile trail traverses five valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach in Na Pali State Park, where it is blocked by sheer, fluted Pali. The trail is almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau. For most backpackers in good condition, hiking the eleven miles will take a full day.
For experienced swimmers, knowledgeable in local sea conditions, nearshore waters offer limited opportunities for swimming and bodysurfing. Follow Highway 560 to Haena Beach Park. This is a good alternative to leaving your car at the trailhead as it is much safer. The trailhead is a one mile hike west from Haena Beach Park.