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“Beautiful but...the mosquitoes ”
Review of Ho'opi'i Falls

Ranked #68 of 301 things to do in Kauai
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Owner description: One of Kauai's best hiking trails.
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

It was a bit drizzly when we started our hike so it was muddy and slippery (according to the locals it wasn’t too bad). The trail wasn’t as muddy as we got closer to the second fall but the trail also became very steep and you had to maneuver through fallen branches to get down to the base of the 2nd fall. This is not your conventional trail but I guess that’s pretty normal for Kauai.
Yes, there are two falls. The trail to the second fall is not as intuitive. I had to ask people along the way. Both falls are beautiful in its own right but I think the trail itself is stunning. So take it all in. If you are in decent physical shape, I would recommend making it down to the base of the 2nd fall. Please be careful if you decide to use the rope swing as a visitor hurt his foot while we were there. It’s hard to see the rocks from the surface.
I did see people with young children and even baby in carrier, I would not recommend bringing them down to the second fall unless your kid is at least 6 years old and is an experienced/adventurous hiker.
Be sure to wear shoes/water sandals with good grip. Bring a light windbreaker or rain jacket. Saturate yourself with bug repellent. The mosquitoes are no joke here. They will bite you through your pants. I guess I should have sprayed my pants. I ended up with 20+ mosquito bites (even with bug repellent).
Beware of your surrounding. I heard creaking sound up in one of the tree and thought it was just a bird or monkey but it wasn’t. It was the sound of a tree about to snap. 10 seconds later, the tree fell 20 feet away from where I was standing. Be careful. Be aware. This is a natural habitat after all and this kind of things do happen in nature.

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

We didn’t go the last 50ft. Down the steep hill because it was raining and was very slippery. The hike other than that was very pleasant. Easy walk next to creek or thru the woods where it was cool.

Thank Denise G
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

Found out about this from a local. Disappointing it is getting advertised on sites like this. I won't give details of how to find this spot, but it was worth the trouble finding the proper trail, and in places crawling through the mud due to the downed trees from the big storm three weeks ago.
Jumping into scary dark pools from high heights (only do so at the guide of locals. Don't guess), and rope swinging into another large pool with the larger falls in the back ground.
Keep in mind you are trespassing the entire trail, and there is more than just these two gems.
NOT FOR SMALL children. My teens I was even a little worried about.

3  Thank cfrank101
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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This is a good choice for a hike if you don’t want to invest hours or work too hard. The trail is easy to follow and generally in good shape. Like so many trails in Kauai during the winter months you can expect some slippery mud so be prepared. There is only one section that was treacherous and even then the only real risk was getting mud all over yourself. The falls, while not very high are very pretty and you can easily hike right up to them which is not always possible at other falls. Worth doing.

2  Thank I-Liked_It
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

The first thing you will note, when hiking to any waterfall in Kauai is that because it is known as "The Garden Island", it is lush and green which tells you it rains a lot more than other islands and therefore the trails are MUDDY. Be aware and be prepared. Wear the proper footwear. Most hikers we encountered were in bare feet. But no matter what you wear, the slope will have you slipping and sliding in a few spots and you will be gripping with your toes in others. In the Dry Season it may be OK but the falls will be just a trickle. There was plenty of water flowing during our visit, but the next week they had flash flood warnings and made everyone in low lying areas move to higher grounds. That would have been a site to see. But very tricky to get down to the falls.

When you read the reviews and they say it is a short hike and ok Falls or minimal falls that is usually because they have stopped long before they get to the actual falls with the rope swing. They are not gigantic but they are beautiful. There are many trails that cut to the river and you can walk along the side of the river to the first falls, but that will not get you to the actual falls. You will have to come back and go further down the trail and if you stay beside the river you will get to the top of the 2nd falls. In order to get to the base of the falls, the rope swing and the swimming pond you need to be aware of where you are. You will hear the falls but not see them. there is a fork in the trail that is hard to notice overgrown about 50 yards before the falls. it clearly goes up and around the cliffs you will see at the top of the falls. Take that trail and keep your eyes and ears open. When you hear the falls below you, you will see a few alternative trails that are overgrown as shown in the trail pictures. You are on the right trail and it is worth the twisting and climbing to get down to the base and be able to play in the falls. Don't worry there are plenty of trees and bamboo trunks to hang onto for going down and coming back up. Heading out will take you a couple of hours and going back you will cut the time in half. Allow 2.5 hours overall and you should be good. You can spend more time when you get to the pond. Also make sure you know what the weather is up to as you will be in a flash flood area and any rain will rise up pretty quickly and make the trail that much more difficult to get back on. PARKING. Watch for the hydro Pole that has the sign QUIET on it. That is your entry point. you can park on the street anywhere along that side. It is in a residential neighborhood so PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND QUIET.

4  Thank dsb62
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