Hanakapiai Beach is  located on Kauai's Nāpali Coast. The beach is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) from the start of the Kalalau Trail, a very popular hiking trail which is located at Keʻe Beach. During summer months, Hanakāpīʻai Beach's sandy shore line is clearly visible; during winter months, dangerously powerful waves and high tides wash away the sandy shore line. The beach is remotely located with no road access. The word Hanakāpīʻai literally means "bay sprinkling food" in Hawaiian.

Directions - The trail begins in Ha'ena State Park at the northwest end of Kuhio Highway (Route 56) about 41 miles (a 1 1/2-hour drive) from Lihu'e Airport. Hanakapiai Beach is a 2 mile hike south on the Kalalau Trail.

Climate/Seasons - Throughout the year, temperatures seldom drop below 60°F. Summer weather (May to October) normally brings steady tradewinds and occasional showers while winter weather (October to May) is less predictable. Tradewind showers are more frequent during the night and early morning. Infrequent widespread storms cause flash floods.

Hiking Gear - Travel light. Lightweight hiking shoes with good traction are popular. Camping gear should include a lightweight sleeping bag or blanket, sleeping pad, tent or tarp, cooking stove and fuel, water purification tablets or filter, first aid kit, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, rain gear, and biodegradeable soap.

Facilites - The authorized camping areas along the trail do not have tables or drinking water. Composting toilets are available at Hanakapiai Beach.


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More Resources:
Hanakapiai Beach Wikipedia
Kauai Explorer
Hanakapiai Trail @ kauai.com
Hawaii State Parks