To get there, just take the main road until it ends at Ke’e Beach, park your car and start hiking. The first half mile or so is a pretty steady but doable incline. The next 1-1.5 miles are downhill as you start making your way down to Hanakapi’ai Beach. We started at 8:30am so the hike in was nice and shady (not so much on the way out…). Shady or not, I’ve never sweat so much IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. The humidity in Hawaii is a force to be reckoned with.
|Our first view of Hanakapi'ai Beach|
We stopped at the beach and ate some snacks, snapped a few photos, and continued on to the trail to the falls. There’s a sign for this trail as soon as you cross the stream, and there’s a rather creepy composting toilet there as well.
I can’t tell you how many times I almost slipped on this part of the trail, but using trekking poles saved me every single time. Many people online also mentioned losing the trail or having a hard time finding the trail, but we never had an issue with that.
Go on a dry day. Keep an eye on the weather. It's hard to predict on the north shore, but the drier the weather, the better the trail conditions.
Don’t try to bring your nice DSLR. I didn’t use mine nearly enough to make it worth carrying, for fear of dropping it into a stream or mud or off a cliff. All of these photos are from our iPhones and yes, they'd look a lot better if they were from my Nikon, but it's just not worth the risk of dropping/losing/ruining your $1000+ camera.