Magnificent Kauai

Every time we venture to Kauai, we end up hiking this trail to end up at this gorgeous vista! The first part of the hike was continuously uphill amongst a crowd of day hikers. Our hard work was immediately rewarded with the first amazing views along the edge of the trail. You could see the rough waves crash against the cliffs along the edge of the island and the steep lush jungle against the blue sky.

The trail dipped back down into the rain forest where morning glories wrapped their vines around towering tropical ferns and trees. Orange, yellow, and pink lantana bloomed brightly on bushes the whole way.  The trail continued to climb out to the sea cliffs and dip back into the rain forest. Every time we reached the cliffs, we would be amazed with the beauty of the ocean. We were rewarded at the end by an amazing waterfall draining into the azure ocean through a field of volcanic rocks! Breathtaking!

Trail begins at Ke`e Beach traveling along high ocean-side cliffs.  Narrow path passes in and out of several valleys with steep inclines and declines.  Trail conditions may range from muddy puddles to dry, crumbly rock.  Path leads to Hanakapi`ai beach with option to follow along Hanakapi`ai river to waterfall that drops into large, deep pool.


8 responses

  1. I want to be on holiday somewhere like that and I want to be there NOW! It looks and sounds wonderful ……

    September 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

    • Kauai is one of the most scenic and beatiful places I have ever been – very little commercialization, just glorious nature! Can’t wait to return one day!

      September 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

  2. So very beautiful Erik!

    September 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm

  3. Extremely jealous Erik. Beautiful shot

    September 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

  4. I can almost ‘hear’ the waves lapping against the shore!

    September 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    • More like smashing – largest waves ever – 20 to 30 ft breakers! Thanks for the comment and visit!

      September 20, 2011 at 11:10 pm

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