Planning a Hawaiian Vacation

Where to Stay

Kalalau Trail Campground

Trailhead at Ke’e Beach

Staying on the trail costs $20 per night. Apply for permit online. Camp at Ke’e Beach is $3 per night for out-of-state residents.

Hanalei Colony Resort

5-7130 Kuhio Hwy., Haena


Offers large condos on the famous Hanalei Bay waterfront. Encourages unplugging from technology and provides no televisions, stereos or phones. Rooms from $307 in high season.

Where to Eat

Hanalei Gourmet

5-5161 Kuhio Hwy., No. 5, Hanalei


Known for what are reputed to be the best fish tacos on Kauai, served only Mondays and Thursdays. The relaxed and social atmosphere is perfect for refueling after the Kalalau Trail. Entrees start at $17.

Postcards Cafe

5-5075 Kuhio Hwy., Hanalei


Serves local and organic vegetarian and seafood meals. Quaint but elegant, with great service. Entrees start at $20.

What to Do

Kalalau Trail

Trailhead at Ke’e Beach (the end of Kuhio Highway in Hanalei)

The 11-mile trail is the only way to access the Na Pali Coast and Kalalau Valley by land. Hikers camp overnight on the trail, but there are also day hikes to Hanakapiai Beach (four miles round-trip) and the waterfall (eight miles round-trip).



Hiking Hawaii’s   Na Pali Coast

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

As we drove past Pierce Brosnan’s oceanfront villa on Kauai, our taxi driver turned to look at my boyfriend and me. “Kalalau Trail,” he said, “is trippin’. Man, that’s the real Hawaii.” He gave us the hang-loose sign, shaking his thumb and pinkie back and forth. We’d gotten off to a late start, and it was raining hard. Our driver …