Photographer's Note

The Na Pali Coast is a surprisingly isolated place, accessible only by helicopter, boat when the surf is not too rough, and the 11 miles long and moderately difficult Kalalau trail. Although the island of Kauai is a major tourist destination, one can hike for hours along the coast without seeing other people, especially after passing Hanakapi. The coast is equally beautiful during all seasons, however during the winter the surf is rough and swimming out of question. It also needs to be remembered that the rainiest point on earth is only a few miles away... Breathtaking views of the coast and the steep cliffs reward every step of the trail.
Following the coastline quite closely, the trail climbs up and down, crossing five valleys separated by steep, narrow ridges and passing by two backcountry campgrounds before reaching Kalalau Beach. A backcountry permit is required for those who want to follow the trail for more than the first two miles or spend the night out, and can be obtained by phone from the central office in Lihue. These permits are barely ever checked, and the occasional helicopter visits by the park authority are mainly meant to keep under control the population of hippies and self proclaimed gurus who attempt to live there permanently.
Jack London’s novel "Koolau de Leper" was based on a real drama that took place in this area. Parts for a few movies, including Jurassic Park, have been filmed here.

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Additional Photos by Roland Roesler (Roly) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 546 W: 9 N: 436] (2024)
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