Hiking in Kauai is one of the best things to do of all the great activities that are available to the visitor here on the island. If you are here on a romantic honeymoon or simply a Hawaiian getaway you will be seeing the best of Kauai. Experiencing the road less traveled, the aura, romance, and mystique of hidden Kauai still energizes us even after 30 years.
Its magical. The way light filters through ancient Kukui trees, playing off the jungle canopy high above the trail. It reminds me of a cathedral holier than any man made architectural tribute to a Supreme Being.
The opportunity to be amazed at the thundering beauty of this island is continual. Kauai has more hiking trails and better hiking than any of the other Hawaiian islands. You could hike for months and probably not experience all the trails that Kauai has to offer. My wife and I like knowing that the island is with holding secret trails and the mystery of the unexplored is exciting.
Recently we hiked to Ho’opi’i Falls. There is something about the steamy closeness of vegetation as it brushes against you, soaking your clothes that transports you to the days of great expeditions searching for sandalwood or perhaps a giant koa tree to be used for a voyaging canoe.
Or, a scene in a Disney Co. film such as, ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ where they are learning survival skills in an inhospitable jungle. But then I am soon jolted out of my reverie and back to the present as a mosquito hovers around my ear looking for a tender spot. Jungle walks have their highs and lows, mosquitoes are ‘lows’ for me. A favorite companion for us is Coleman’s Smart Skin, it can really make the walk more enjoyable.
The Ho’opi’i Falls trail is an easy walk along the Kapaa stream to the accessible upper falls where people sometimes take a refreshing dip if the water is not too turbulent. We hiked the trail in September when there had been little rain for the past two weeks, the trail was dry, the water calm and refreshing. Proceed further along the trail adjacent to the stream and you will come upon the second falls, here there are opportunities to take a cool dip in the clearing.
Hiking Hoopii Falls Update April 2016
Recently the landowner has blocked a portion of the trail with felled trees and signs asking not to travel on private property. You will see the signs as you proceed down the steep hill at the start of the trail.
There is another less used trail that is on State land near the sign and can be used to access the first set of falls via the Kapaa stream. The Hoopii falls are on State land, to access the second set of falls use the stream trail and avoid the private property of the landowner.
How To Get There
Take Hwy 56 to the Kapaa bypass head on to Olohena Rd. continue on Olohena as it then becomes Kaapuni Road then make a right turn on to Kawaihau Road for 300 feet then bear left on to Kapahi Road. Kapahi road is a quiet road with houses on one side find a place to park off the road to permit cars to pass. You will see an old dirt road clearly marked and that is the start of the trail head. Bring water and mosquito repellant. Sneakers will work but Walmart sells a water shoe for less than ten dollars which I find to be perfect for crossing streams.
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