Shore and Na Pali
Because of the winter rain, the trail was
rocky, muddy, and slippery. The rugged trail also
contained lots of tree roots and other obstacles. The
streams were running, but not too bad. The overlooks were
- Overlook on Kalalau
- After a week in Hawaii, we thought we'd
seen it all, but we were just beginning! We'd
been told that the parking lot at Ke'e
beach filled early so we headed out for
another early morning. We put on our hiking
boots and scrambled up the Kalalau Trail.
This 11-mile trail across the Na
Pali area is the only way to cross this
coastline. There is no road here. A camping
permit is needed to hike the entire route, so
we chose a day hike. We decided to hike 2
miles to the Hanakapi'ai Beach and then 2
more miles up to the falls. Parts of the
trail can be closed at some times of the year
because of muddy, slick trails. You also have
to cross streams which can be a problem at
- As we arrived at the overlook above the beach, we
were greeted with a sad sign listing eight people who had
drown in the ocean at this beach since 1995. The latest
fatality was just two months ago. The winter surf was
high and could easily pull someone out into the ocean or
into the rocks. After arriving back on the mainland, we
heard that many beaches on Kaua'i were being temporarily
closed for this reason. We could understand the concern.
- We headed down the hill to the stream
near the beach. Lots of water was running and
we had a tough time finding somewhere to
cross. Annette slipped on a rock and got her
boots soaked, but we made it across. The
unmaintained trail to the falls was hard to
find. Rather than heading down the wrong
trail, we decided to spend some time on the
beach and lay Annette's socks out to
- The picture below on the left shows the
view from our relaxing rock cove. The other
photos show the power of the winter surf and
- in our secluded
We had the most relaxing day of our vacation.
Because we started early, there were few people
on the beach when we arrived. We headed to a
quiet area, walking back across the stream and
along the water. We were heading to a sand beach
between the ocean and a cliff when our iinternal
alarms' went off. We realized that the sand was
wet to the cliff. This meant that at some recent
instance, the tide and waves came all the way
up. We should not be here! About the same time,
a wave brought water up to our knees and we
scampered back toward the more safe rocks and
- We found a rocky area above the tide
line, took off our packs, and got out the
blanket. Annette took off her boots and sat
her socks in the sun.
- After a snack of yogurt and 'nilla
wafers, it was time for some relaxation. We
got out our sketchbooks and pencils.
As the time got later, more people appeared.
It was interesting to see how people reacted to
the rocks, waves, and water.
Finally, we decided it was time to head back.
Along the way, we saw some interesting
creatures. Although the only native mammal left
on the island is a bat, we were able to see some
more recent additions to the island. At one
time, there were no snakes on the island.
Recently, a brown Asian snake has taken hold on
some islands, so snakes are probably here to
stay. There are many feral cats roaming the
parks. Many cats were lelt by early visiting
- As we headed along the trail, Larry spotted this cute
little mouse. Without squirrels, the island is void of
small creatures like this. We got the video camera out
and were taping this mouse when a fellow hiker stopped to
see what were were doing. We got the impression he
thought we were pretty strange videotaping a mouse . . .
with a huge, beautiful shoreline before us. We enjoy both
the large and the small of what nature has to offer. For
example, we found this cute, slick little salamander on a
- When we reached the beginning or end of
the trail (depending on your viewpoint) at
the parking lot, we decided to spend some
time on the beach there. Before leaving, we
visited the water hydrant to clean off our
shoes. There, we met a woman who almost
became the next fatality. She was covered in
salt water and sand. She'd been walking along
the shore when a wave knocked her over.
Another wave splashed in, and she quickly
became disoriented. Lucky, she was able to
make it to shore, but it was another good
reminder about the power of these winter
seas! Hard to believe that during the
summertime, this area provides excellent
swimming and snorkeling.
- Back in town, we spent a quiet evening in our room
after a great Mexican dinner at Magarita's across from
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