Photo Essay: Na Pali Coastline
Na Pali, literally translated to “the cliffs,” offers some of the most dramatic scenery in all of Hawaii. Boating, hiking, or scenic air tours are some the best ways to explore the 15-mile long Na Pali Coast State Park. The Nā Pali Coast State Park encompasses 6,175 acres of land, located in the center of the rugged northwest side of Kauai. The Nā Pali Coastline extends southwest from Kee Beach, all the way to Polihale State Park. The high cliffs along the shoreline of Na Pali rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean.
Kauai’s famous coastline features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs, cascading waterfalls, narrow valleys and towering emerald green pinnacle. The Na Pali Coastline is truly majestic. The rocky terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when native Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and fish they could catch.
Traces of this ancient life still remain today in the rock walls and terraces found in places along the Na Pali Coastline. With a remote location, only accessible by water or strenuous foot trails, the people that lived in these valleys were well protected. Exploration is by permit only where visitors can discover these restored archaeological sites.
The only land access to this enchanted area is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. This is one of the most challenging and treacherous hikes on Kauai. To make this hike, camping permits are required from the Hawaii State Parks Division office. Hiking during the winter months is highly discouraged.
Until you have seen it for yourself, you have no idea how high or breathtakingly beautiful the cliffs of Na Pali truly are. When visiting Kauai, replenish your spirit and experience the stunning panorama views of the Na Pali Coastline. See it by sea, land, or air; you won’t be disappointed.
Have you ever visited the Na Pali Coastline?
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.