What does Na Pali mean in Hawaiian?

Yes, it means hello, goodbye, love, but also so much more. It embodies a way of life in Hawaii, perpetuated through the people. Hopefully you will feel the Aloha that our Captains have for our guests and the opportunity to share Kauai and Na Pali coast with you.

Na Palimeans “the cliffs” or “many cliffs” in Hawaiian, and from Ke’e Beach on the north shore to Polihale State Park on the west side of the island, sea cliffs soar to incredible heights.

Beside above, how long is the Na Pali Coast? Spanning 17 miles along Kauai’s North Shore, the Napali Coast is a sacred place defined by extraordinary natural beauty. These emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges tower above the Pacific Ocean, revealing beautiful beaches and waterfalls that plummet to the lush valley floor.

Thereof, how did the Na Pali coast form?

The Hawaiian History of Na Pali Coast. Over five million years ago magma from a hot spot beneath a floating Tectonic plate burst forth spewing the volcanic lava which formed the island of Kauai. By the time humans migrated to the island, an estimated 1,300 native flowering plant species were thriving.

What type of landform is Na Pali Coast?

The na pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley. To the east of the state park is the Hono O Nā Pali State Natural Reserve.

How do I get to Na Pali Coast?

The absolute easiest way you’ll be able to see the Napali Coast is from the Kalalau lookout at the Waimea Canyon. You can drive right up to the lookout point and gaze down at the jagged cliffs of Kalalau and the bright blue ocean.

How do you get to Na Pali Coast State Park?

The Napali Coast State Park begins at Haena State Park at the end of Kuhio Highway. It’s 41 miles from Lihue Airport, a roughly 1 ½ hour drive. You can take a public bus to Hanalei and then a cab to Kalalau trailhead. However, this is recommended if you’re not carrying camping or hiking gear.

Why is hanakapiai beach so dangerous?

Like many beaches on the Na Pali Coast, strong rip currents, as well as high surf, dangerous shore breaks and other hazardous ocean conditions make Hanakapiai Beach extremely dangerous. The Na Pali Coast is especially treacherous because there are no major reefs to hinder potent ocean currents.

How was Kauai formed?

Kauai took its place as part of an island chain over 5 million years ago. Magma spewing from a hot spot beneath the floating Pacific Tectonic Plate formed Kauai as it did the other islands in the chain.

How many days do you need in Kauai?

A Few Days in Kauai: A Guide for First-Time Visitors. Many first-time visitors stop in Kauai for four days while island hopping between two or three islands. Four days is enough time to see the best of the island (except for several days-long hikes like the Na Pali Coast).

Where should I stay in Kauai?

On Kauai you basically have three main geographic areas to stay: North Shore including Princeville and Hanalei. East Shore including Kapaa and Lihue. South Shore including Koloa, Poipu and Waimea.

How long is the NaPali Coast hike?

Route. Expert hikers or trail runners can complete the roundtrip 22 miles (35 km) trek in a day, but the average hiker requires a two-day minimum and will camp along the trail. Camping is only permitted at a forested streamside campsite Hanakoa Valley (6 mile mark) and Kalalau Beach.

How big is the island of Kauai?

1,430 km²

How tall is the NaPali Coast?

The cliffs of NaPali soar up from the shoreline up to a height of up to 4,000 feet and appear to be almost vertical in places.

What island is NaPali Coast on?


How old is Kauai?

5.1 million years

Is Tunnels Beach in Kauai open?

Tunnels Beach is now open after the historic floods in 2018. See our updated North Shore Kauai road news which includes new parking regulations and Shuttle information. On behalf of our island community, we thank you for your kokua during this time. Tunnels is my top choice for snorkeling on Kauai.

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How long does the Kalalau Trail take?

3-5 days