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Posted on Nov 3, 2013 | 14 comments

Photo Essay: Na Pali Coastline

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.

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

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.

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

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.

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

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.

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

Na Pali Coastline

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.

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About Kimmy Hayes


Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.

14 Comments

  1. Yes, I’ve been there on the Holo Holo and from above looking down. It is fabulous!

    When the Hawaiians lived in those valleys, they were free from heart disease, cancer, and even the common cold–until the Europeans brought their diseases, including venereal diseases. Even the cold was killing many Hawaiians, who had developed no immunity whatsoever.

    Until then, their lives seemed perfect (except for the strict kapu which meant they had to kill a child born with a mole or they must be killed if their shadow touched the king’s shadow…. little things like that).
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  2. Every time I see photos of Hawaii, I am stunned at the volcanic beauty of the islands. I’ve not been to Kauai yet, but soon!

  3. Did you hike the first 2 miles of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai? It’s a doable day hike if you’re not inclined to trek the really serious stuff beyond. The trail is all red dirt – and often muddy. Our shoes and socks were dyed red afterward, and it was almost impossible to wash the color out. But the wicked views were worth it :-).
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  4. Been to the Na Pali Coastline many times. It’s a breathtaking view from up top as well via Waimea Canyon but nothing like what you get from the water. Did you get the opportunity to hike along the Kalalua Trail? I’ve meant to many times while I was touring the islands but never had enough time to take off work (from the cruise ship). I hear it’s stunning and from what books I’ve read and videos I’ve seen it looks SOO beautiful!
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