Top Ten Hawaii Adventures

Walk the Na Pali Coast
By John Penisten
Na Pali Coast, Kauai
A grand hike: Blue and green come together on Kauai

It's the Hawaii of dreams: The Na Pali Coast on Kauai serves up lush rainforest valleys, cascading waterfalls, towering peaks, pristine beaches, and rugged coastline. Best of all, there's a trail that runs through it all. The 11-mile Kalalau Trail begins at the terminus of Kuhio Highway #56 at Haena State Park on Kauai's North Shore and passes through five valleys, winding its way along towering sea cliffs, isolated beaches, and old Hawaiian ruins. Midway through, you'll find a campground (but with no facilities—carry water and supplies). The trail ends at Kalalau Beach, and the return is along the same route. This is a difficult trail, with some stretches passing over rocky terrain and through rushing streams.


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