Lots of visitors who come to Kauai want to hike to a waterfall and I have just the one for you. In fact, on this hike you get two falls for the price of one hike and it is free. Ho’opi’i Falls is on the Kapa’a Stream.
The trail can be very muddy with lots of mosquitoes if there has been a lot of rainfall. The two times that I went to the falls were in the middle of summer and it was dry and pleasant. This video, taken in July 2017, by Clifton Passow, will give you an idea of what the trail is like:
If you are looking for what to do in Kauai and you are a hiker, try the Okolehao Trail which is on the mountain behind Hanalei, just down the hill from Princeville. Let me warn you, however, this hike is not for the weary!
The Okolehao Trail is a 2.3 mile hiking path which ascends 1,232 feet up Hihimanu Ridge. As you are driving north into Princeville, look off to the left and you will notice a mountain that has at its top a shape much like a shark’s tooth. That is Hihimanu.
Okolehao Trail is a moderate trail but the weather really determines how difficult it will be to hike. If the north shore has experienced a lot of rain the trail will be much more difficult because of the mud. In this case a walking stick is a must.
The round-trip hike takes about four hours. In some sections, sharp, foot-wide inclines necessitate a system of ropes to aid hikers in their climb up Hihimanu’s spine. The reward, of course, is at the top where there are sweeping, 180 degree views extending from the Kilauea Lighthouse to the Na Pali Coast. Hanalei Bay’s crescent shape will be sparkling right below you.
I’m admittedly not a dog person, but I know many of you are, so if you are missing your pooch while on vacation why not take a Kauai Humane Society dog on a field trip! That’s right, you will make one, or possibly two, canines extremely happy. And, you will have a four-legged companion for the day.
This very popular program was started a few years ago with the goal of having visitors enjoy the natural beauty of our island while getting a “dog fix” by taking along one of the shelter dogs on an adventure. The dogs stay happy, healthy and well-adjusted with this valuable time spent outdoors and you have fun providing them socialization with a variety of people prior to adoption.
All you have to do is go to the shelter to “check out” one or two of the dogs and then take them with you for a day trip on one of many Kauai dog-friendly beaches or hiking trails. After introductions are made, the shelter will provide everything you need for the trip, including towels, bowls and an “adopt me” vest.
Do you want to go hiking on Kauai but feel like you need a guide? Hike Kauai With Me may just be the company you’re looking for. Eric Rohlffs started the company ten years ago and has now hired a few capable, trusted guides to continue his vision of taking guests to out of the way places on the Garden Island. For the past 13 years, Eric has been putting together a detailed map of Kauai and all of its hidden gems; scouring every corner of every narrow valley; from secret waterfalls to unknown swimming holes to private vistas. He and his guides take pride in showing the side of Kauai that many people imagine, but rarely get to see with the typical, run-of-the-mill tours. Whether it is scrambling up a stream bed, strolling down a trail, or scaling a waterfall, his knowledge of the island will prove invaluable.
Who’s ready to walk the Kalalau Trail along the spectacular NaPali Coast? This trail hugs the northwest coast of Kauai for 11 miles ending at the idyllic Kalalau Valley. With pointed pali (mountains) cascading down to the ocean, it is some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The only way to see it is by boat, air, or foot. Once at the valley, camping is a must. No roads here. Take a look…..