Hanakāpīʻai Beach is a great resting spot. It’s a pretty large stream. You’ll either walk through the stream or you’ll have to be a good jumper to jump the rocks. There’s composting toilets and plenty of room to kick back for a bit. This is the destination for many people. You don’t need a permit (You just need a reservation, $1 per person or $5 per car) to hike to this point.
From here you can:
- Relax for a bit and then head back to Ke’e Beach.
- Head up to Hanakāpīʻai Falls (The trail is steep and it can be hard to follow. Sometimes there are forks in the trail and you don’t know which way to go. Just stay close to the stream and don’t get too far away from it.) A permit is not needed to hike to the falls either.
- If you have a permit, you can continue to Hanakoa or Kalalau. A permit is required whether or not you plan to camp overnight.
After Hanakāpīʻai the trail can get harder, steeper, harder to follow and more dangerous. I made the mistake of wearing shorts. The trail is very overgrown and I found myself pushing my bare ankles through bushes and weeds. I still have cuts and gashes all over my legs. If you’ve been on the trail before, it hasn’t changed much. It’s as beautiful as ever as you hike along the Nāpali.