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Ho'opi'i Falls Trail

Kauai + Niihau, Hawai'i

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Ho'opi'i Falls Trail

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  • The trailhead starts at Kapahi Road northwest of the town of Kapa‘a.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Walking along the Kapa‘a Stream. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Once you get to the Kapa‘a Stream you can head off trail to the upper Ho‘opi‘i Falls by walking along the water like these hikers in the photo. To stay on the actual trail, take the path up and to the right.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Kapa‘a Stream. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Upper Falls.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • The jump is around 20 feet high, and the pool is about 10 feet deep. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • The trees here are massive.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • A long-abandoned car along the trail. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • When you see the lower waterfall about a mile into the trail, the trail junction is not far ahead. It is easy to miss, and it doesn't look very tracked out.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Heading down to the lower falls. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Lower Ho‘opi‘i Waterfall. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • This waterfall rages after rainstorms. The flows in this photograph are relatively light. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • The lower falls. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • There is a very large and shallow pool at the lower falls. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Upper Ho‘opi‘i Falls has the cliff diving area. The lower falls do not have any jumps. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • The tropical birds are amazing here, and they make the most beautiful music. - Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
  • Walking back from the upper falls. This is a short but gorgeous hike.- Ho'opi'i Falls Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful rainforest hike. Waterfalls and swimming holes. Cliff diving.
Cons: 
Buggy. Can be very slippery and muddy.
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Region:
Kauai + Niihau, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
275.00 ft (83.82 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
-120.00 ft (-36.58 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Total elevation gain: 
-120.00 ft (-36.58 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
275.00 ft (83.82 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Ho‘opi‘i Falls Trail is a short hike that is jam-packed with natural beauty and offers a unique slice of island life. The trail has two beautiful waterfalls, a stream running along the early part of the trail, cliff diving, swimming holes, and a great mix of tropical flora and fauna, including many colorful songbirds. Hiking under soaring banyan tress, massive monkeypods and giant albizias (not liked by locals for their quick growth rate and invasive status) is a surreal experience. The high jungle canopy makes you feel like you are in one of the many movies filmed on the island such as King Kong or Jurrasic Park. There are a lot of great natural sounds on this trail between the birds, the winds through the tall trees, and the running water. Do your best to find some quiet moments to hear them, between the common rooster crows, of course. The upper falls are for cliff diving, but the lower falls do not have any jumps. Both do have swimming holes and interactive waterfalls when the water isn't rushing too hard.

The parking and the trailhead are in a residential neighborhood, and much of this trail is on private property, so please be respectful. Cliff diving here can be dangerous for many reasons. High rains can cause flash floods, wet feet are perfect for slipping on sharp rocks, and jumping from the wrong area or into the wrong part of the pool can result in serious injury. The rule of thumb here is to watch people who have been here before and follow their lead. Just like all hikes on Kauai, expect wet and muddy trails as the norm.

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