Getting There- The trail begins in
Ha'ena State Park at the northwest end of
Kuhio Highway (Route 56) about 41 miles (a 1
1/2-hour drive) from Lihu'e Airport. Many
people get to the trailhead in a rental car,
by catching a ride with friends or even
hitchhiking. A great way to get to the
trail head is through Steve. Who is
Steve? Steve lives on Kauai and has a
taxi service that can pick you up and deliver you and your bags to the
trailhead. You can
Reservations Here or for additional
information about rides you can contact
Steve at email@example.com
or call 808-634-4744.
Climate/Seasons- Throughout the
year, temperatures seldom drop below 60°F.
Summer weather (May to October) normally
brings steady tradewinds and occasional
showers while winter weather (October to
May) is less predictable. Tradewind showers
are more frequent during the night and early
morning. Infrequent widespread storms cause
Gear- Travel light.
Lightweight hiking shoes with good traction
are popular. Camping gear should include a
lightweight sleeping bag or blanket,
sleeping pad, tent or tarp, cooking stove
and fuel, water purification tablets or
filter, first aid kit, mosquito repellent,
sunscreen, rain gear, and biodegradeable
soap. If you don't want to drag your
gear all the way to Hawaii, a great option
would be to rent camping gear right on
Kauai. Micco can rent you everything
from sleeping bags to back packs.
Contact him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. He also can
store your other luggage for you while you
are on the trail.
Permits Required- You
do need a permit
to hike past
Hanakapi'ai valley (2 miles in) on
the trail even if you do not camp overnight.
authorized camping areas along the trail do
not have tables or drinking water.
Composting toilets are available at
Hanakapi'ai, Hanakoa, and Kalalau. All
camping areas are located on shaded terraces
Information on this page gathered from www.hawaii.gov