For the adventurous souls wanting to rough it in Hawaiian wilderness, many seek out the secluded splendor of the Nā Pali Coast State Park. Translating to “high cliffs” in Hawaiian this reflects the high cliffs that run along the shore which reach over 4,000 feet above sea level.
This 6,175 acre park is located on Kaua`i’s North Shore and stretches from Ke`e Beach all the way to Polihale State Park. The Nā Pali Coast State Park is inaccessible by vehicles and can only be reached by hiking, helicopter drop-off, kayaking, or paddling boarding in.
Most enter via the Kalalau Trail located at Ke`e Beach Park. This 11 mile trail takes hikers through rugged terrain across through five major valleys. Throughout the hike to the Nā Pali Coast State Park there are dramatic views of crystal blue ocean seas, numerous waterfalls, and also remains of ancient Hawaiians buried along the way.
Once at the Nā Pali Coast State Park visitors enjoy camping under the serene Hawaiian sky but note there is no drinking water provided along the hike or at the park so visitors must treat their own stream water and be sure to take the trash and belongings with them when they leave.