My preferred stuff is Patagonia Capiline (other brands too) because it dries super quick and provides sun protection.
If I'm gonna hike back in one of the valleys I'll bring an ultra-lightweight shell that packs to softball-size.
Those that do not have strong endurance and in good physical condition. Dangerous shorebreak and riptides at Hanakapi`ai and Kalalau. The Explorer's Guide to Kauai answers all the frequently asked questions from the discussions on this website, including the questions you didn't know to ask.
Rated a '9' out of '10' in degrees of difficulty by the Sierra Club. Plus, there's detailed Kauai vacation maps and neighborhood info... A tough hike but arguably one of the best in Hawaii.
in Hawaiian - is one of the most beautiful and remote areas on Kaua‘i.
The strenuous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail winds along this rugged coastline, providing the only land access to legendary Kalalau Valley.
If you are afraid of heights and ledges you are not going to like miles 6.5 to 8! I've only hiked the first two miles in to Hanakapi'ai Beach and back and it was a fantastic hike! About 13.5 tough miles if you want to do a day hike (which I have and it's great).
My question is: Is it worth camping there an extra night?
If so, what would be do at Kalalau for the extra day (ie: day trips, or just sit on the beach). I went to Kalalau today and wished I could have spent the night. There is plenty of great exploring at Kalalau - just watch out for the ocean and loose rock zones.
Hiking on Kauai any time of year is pretty much the same in terms of temperature. Light shorts and top that can get wet then dry multiple times during the day are the best.
The key is to be aware and prepare for the conditions you might encounter. For camping / night long pants and some kind of hoodie are nice.
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