Ho'opi'i Falls
Ho'opi'i Falls
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Megan H
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Beautiful BUT very muddy and not a well kept trail. Lots of fall potential and 3/9 of the people we hiked with fell! Not safe for littles
Written 27 December 2023
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LnS2004
Cypress, CA6,228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Road side parking in a residential area. No signage to indicate trail head as there’re apparently several routes, all leading to the same destination. It’s a good thing we found tree branches for walking sticks(many left at starting point) for trail was muddy and slippery. We only made it half way, to the first waterfall. It’s very calming and beautiful, well worth the hike. The cool, clear water felt good on sweaty faces. Round trip took an hour or so.
Written 24 June 2023
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Wittywanderer
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was our first day and set the theme of our trip. We both love falls and they didn’t disappoint.
Written 28 April 2023
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Christina K
Saint Louis, MO15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The falls are in a neighborhood so please be respectful of the people living there. Don’t follow Apple Maps, it will take you to a dead end street. The trailhead is on Kapahi road on the left side. There is street parking beyond the trailhead. Look for a telephone pole with a sign that says “quiet,” the trailhead has a little cardboard sign with an arrow pointing to the right towards the falls. There are 2 awesome waterfalls, be sure to continue on the trail for the second falls (when the trail comes to a T, take the way to the left). The trail was muddy and slippery as it had just rained, but not too difficult otherwise. Wear a swimsuit but be safe!
Written 11 December 2022
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Emily S
Santa Clara, CA2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
First and foremost, I loved this trail and the falls. They are beautiful, like many sights in Kauai. However, I made a few observations and think it's worth noting. My friend and I are both in our early 30's and hike reguluarly.
-This trail is not for people who aren't agile. The trail gets steep in some spots, muddy and slippery. We actually opted to not hike to the bottom because it didn't look very safe. I saw many people trying to do these steep areas in flip flops and bare foot. Also, this would be really hard for small children. People die all of the time in nature because they simply aren't being careful.
-The trailhead is in a small neighborhood. Be respectful of the people who live there and don't be THAT guy. Don't blast music, litter and park all over people's yard. If there's a cone or it says no parking, don't do it. I saw so many tourists being disrespectful.
-Bring insect repellent, sunscreen and water. Be cautious and considerate.
Written 7 November 2022
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Teresa
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
To Visitors: Please respect the lives of local people living close to these falls. Don’t arrive before 8am. Please park near the trailhead NOT at Kapahi Park. Do not walk down and back up Kapahi Road. A constant stream of visitors doing this causes a huge impact in this small neighborhood and increases local dog barking. Please be considerate.

Correct parking: Drive halfway down Kapahi Road and park in the long gravel area on your left. There you will easily find the trailhead. Remember, this is a local neighborhood. You are now within earshot. Your loud voices and shouting carry far. Please respect all the signs to Be Quiet.

There are too many visitors a day coming to this small waterfall. The once green slopes along the trail have been worn down to bare dirt. Inconsiderate visitors have cut new trails where none ever existed. Visitors leave behind water bottles, muddy clothing, shoes and socks. Loud rescue vehicles and helicopters come calling.
Would you like this scene in your neighborhood? Show respect for the people living there and their peace and quiet. Show respect for the greenery, trail, falls, and watershed!
Again - Don’t arrive before 8am. Park near the trailhead. Be Quiet when you arrive. Just these small considerations will lessen your impact upon residents in this ‘worn out by too many visitors’ neighborhood. Mahalo for your Kokua!
Written 13 October 2022
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Brad
Albuquerque, NM372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
These waterfalls are super cool as you can jump off them into the water in multiple spots. The rocks are pretty slippery so be careful.
Written 25 September 2022
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Tony
Portland, OR31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was one of our highlights in Kauai. We downloaded the AllTrails app ahead of time so we didn't miss a couple spots. Respect the neighborhood, only park on the gravel (facing the correct direction). If it's full, come back another day and get there earlier so you're not parking on people's property or add to a mass of people walking through a quiet neighborhood. So many people were so loud when we were packing up and couldn't believe it because of how close they are to residents who probably aren't fans of the crowds coming there. We were just thinking "well, this is how you piss of locals so they don't like tourists". We talked to our son about being respectful to the neighbors before we got there and he whispered to us the whole time we were getting ready to hike lol. We got there at 9am and had parking, but by the time we were done at 11am it was packed. We got to the first falls with no one in sight. Don't skip the first falls, it's better than the second. About half way in start listening for water and look for a steep path to the left. Our 4 year old handled it fine with our assistance. After you're done there and continue hiking, you will come to a "T", go left to continue on, not right. If you go right you'll end up back at the road. Our favorite spot on the hike was about 3/4 of the way when the trail makes a wide right turn before the final stretch. There was a beautiful, jungle-esque scene with the river. Very refreshing and a perfect spot for lunch. The final falls aren't as much to write home about as the first ones. Yes, they are big, but you can't get a great vantage unless you hike up and around and down (we opted not because of our 4 year old). Still was an amazing hike.
Written 20 July 2022
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Dave S
Draper, UT3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Park on the dead end street facing south. Left side as you are coming to the trail head. The walk to the falls can be muddy and slippery, so plan to wear decent hiking shoes and be ready to grab branches for stability.

Part of the way to the falls, we came across a partially buried disk brake and steering pinion from a vehicle, then a short distance away was a vehicle chassis with the front tires and suspension and a 4 cylinder engine. This was partially bauried. It would be interesting to find out how this vehicle made it down there and when. A picture is attached.

When you arrive in the vicinity of the falls, there is a fork in the trail. The trail to the right goes to the bottom of the falls and the trail to the left goes to the top of the falls.
Written 9 July 2022
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Fred L
San Jose, CA1,515 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
This is a beautiful hiking trail and waterfall. I highly recommend that you wear water shoes, Crocs, or some type of footwear that has some traction. On certain sections of the trail we walked in the water and the rocks were very slippery. It was so beautiful, quiet and serene. There was a lot of tree cover which kept the temperature nice and cool. The kids in our group (two 6 year olds and a 9 year old) really enjoyed hiking and exploring. There is no parking lot so you just park on the side of the road near the entrance.
Written 15 April 2022
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