The Kalalau Trail is 11 miles one way along the stunning Na Pali Coast, frequently named Hawaii's most scenic place. It can be seen via helicopter, boat or on foot.
The first time I went, I was a little intimidated and likely unprepared to tackle the entire two-day, 22 mile trail. Fortunately, there are plenty of options that allow just a portion of the trail, with opportunities to see waterfalls and beaches that are only accessible by hiking there. Hanakapi'ai Falls makes for a strenuous but doable 8 mile hike, and when you reach the falls, it comes at a the perfect time for a swim and/or just a break.
But I digress.
Packing. Yeah, probably my least favorite part of travel, and even pulling together a suitcase for something as blissful as 10 days in Hawaii usually leaves me writhing in agony on the floor of my closet. This being my second time to the Aloha state, I feel I have a little bit better idea on what to bring and what to leave behind.
We are a very adventurous family and always have an active itinerary of hiking, biking, strolling, cave exploring, snorkeling, and lots and lots of exploring. We do enjoy higher-end dining, but it's still rather laid-back and casual in Kauai. So, leave those heels at home!
Here's an idea of what I'd wear hiking in Kauai. Comfortable and sporty is key. Along with copious amounts of sunscreen and water. Note: I love my Merrell hiking shoes similar to the ones here, but honestly my Keen water shoes (closed-toe) gripped the wet, slippery rocks we approached along the path).
Patagonia racer back tank / The north face shorts / Topshop swimsuit bikini, $42 / Timberland rubber sole shoes / Canvas rucksack / MARC BY MARC JACOBS leather bangle, $51 / Forever 21 hat / Topshop genuine leather belt / Kiss My Face sun care / Blomus serveware / Loving Naturals Organic DEET Free 4 oz Insect Repellent