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This was my favorite hike in Hawaii. It was so beautiful I felt like I was in a movie! Make sure to bring lots of water and even a water pump or life straw, we ran out of water and thought we had brought too much initially. Also have a snack, I didn’t eat that day and my legs started shaking quite a bit.
As others have said, the hike in and out of the canyon is not easy. But the reward is being totally isolated and quiet down in the canyon. So gorgeous!
The main thing that we learned the hard way is that the river that is near the campground can become impassable after a rainstorm. We left our camp to go for a day hike further into the canyon, and crossed the river with no issue. There was a downpour while we were on the other side of the river, and weren't able to cross back to get to our camp. We had to spend the night on the other side where thankfully there was another shelter. Luckily we had some food and our water filter and hammocks, and someone left a brand new sleeping bag that we used to keep warm. We were able to cross back over the next morning.
Also, our car got broken into where we left it parked on the road. Dont leave anything valuable in the car!
Despite being stranded and getting our car broken into, we also got engaged in the canyon…so this was definitely my most memorable backpacking trip.
How can you complain about a campground in paradise?!
On the Na Pali Coast trail at the halfway point near Hanakoa Falls is a few primitive spots to call home before venturing on. Warning: The ground is wet (duh, it's Kauai) and "locals" tend to squat in the area. There's a 3-sided shelter to get out of the rain, but that happened to be where a kidding was more or less living. He was sweet and watched out things while we hiked to the waterfall - although he could have easily stolen everything we had.
The area feels so sacred and special that even if you may be miserable and wet, you can't help but feel at peace.