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I love hiking, and would pretty much love to hike anywhere new!

That said, Hawaii is no where near the top of my list. Have no interest at all in Hawaii. Ick.

Northern Cali, Japan, Costa rica, Utah. Those are places I'd like to hike!

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10/5/11 10:42 A

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Kauai hiking is fabulous!

Kits, glad you are thinking about a next time...we fell in love with Kauai. So we bounce between the High Sierra and Kauai...lol...life is good eh?

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10/2/11 6:39 P

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Here is another link for you... www.kauaiexplorer.com/hiking_kauai/

We had a great time. Next time we plan on hiking more in the Waimea Canyon area. So many trails to choose from!

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JENJENS75 Posts: 6,897
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My brother and I were getting our ideas together for our January trip to Waimea, and we came across this website (http://www.hawaii.islands-travel.com/hiki
ng.html). I thought I would share it with you.

I hope you have a great time :)

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Diamond Head was really nice when we were there, years ago....especially if you like stairs! Some nice views from the top.

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I'm going to Oahu in 6 weeks and I'm planning to do plenty of hiking. I have a long long lst of the routes and now I just have to choose which ones I want to try...

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...all I have to say is "Ah, Waimea" - January here I come.

I don't hike there, but I do enjoy the surfing in the winter, absolutely wonderful!

I should try a hike though, sans the board of course ;)

Thanks for the cool ideas! :)

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9/12/11 6:57 P

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Maui/Wood- Its secret falls not hidden falls. :)

Kits- Have a great time! Lots to see. the Kalalau Trail is great but just be careful with timing it because it can still be hot so you want to take plenty of water and know how long it takes you to get somewhere (the first stop is a beach and its 2 miles on the trail from Ke'e beach....takes around 2 hours if you stop and take pictures). The Waimea canyon is also great but as Maui said go early in the day so you can hopefully catch a good view before the fog. Have a great time!!!!

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9/12/11 2:04 P

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I will check out your pics on fb again. I know I looked at them when you first put them up but maybe now they will be more helpful to me.

Thanks for the tip on Waimea Canyon. I had thought of doing that for the Kalalau Trail as well. Our first days will be the weekend because we'll get there on a Friday. Not sure if it pays to wait until Monday to do it? I know there are many trails there. Is there one or two we must see?

I'll only be there for a week. :(

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9/12/11 10:44 A

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Kits I have Kauai pics in albums on my fb...a few diff trips...you can check them out. :)
So many great outdoor adventures there...good thing you are going for 2 weeks.
When you head up Waimea Canyon, go first thing in the AM, early in your trip before you adjust to teh time change...early...and drive all the way to teh end of the road, sightsee on the way down.
So happy for you. A favorite place for me for sure.


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KITS4CHANGE's Photo KITS4CHANGE Posts: 939
9/12/11 9:02 A

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oops, I answered you on the other thread. Less than two weeks away now! The kayaking and hike to that falls is on my list. I came across this cool blog that has pictures of that hike. Just hope I don't have to go through the mud like they did. Here is the blog if you want to check it out. She's got beautiful pictures on it.

vicki-h.travellerspoint.com/51/

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MAUIMA's Photo MAUIMA Posts: 5,122
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Wood- Yes, yaking on the Wailua river , then hiking to hidden falls. Loved having you join be under the falls. hehe...memories!



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So Kits, when do you go?

You're going to love it there!!! We did some great hikes along the coast! We also had that same hiking book. It was indeed useful. Everywhere we hiked was beautiful.

Maui - what was that falls we hiked back to? Hidden Falls? Secret Falls? The one we kayaked half way to and then hiked into? Definately one of my favorites!

As far as footware, Kits, I wore a good pair of hiking type of sandals.


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KITS4CHANGE's Photo KITS4CHANGE Posts: 939
9/1/11 9:21 A

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September isn't just close......it's here! I can't believe it. Normally the days just drag by waiting for a vacation. This one flew by and it's now almost here! Of course that means summer is about over. It didn't really start here until July this year it seems. Shortest summer on record I think. :(

Any last minute ideas will be appreciated.

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4/26/11 8:26 P

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Oh Kits...whenever I am going...I start counting days when I pass the 200 day mark...and Count down ...really...so sept is close!

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KITS4CHANGE's Photo KITS4CHANGE Posts: 939
4/11/11 2:49 P

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thanks for all your suggestions. We booked our trip this weekend. Hard to get excited yet when we aren't going until September and have the whole summer to get through! I don't want to wish away my summer just to go to Hawaii! lol

Anything else that you can think of that's a must see/do, please feel free to share! :)

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Kits- I think we were gone a good 6 hours when we went...I think if you are going for the first time to the island, that might be something to skip. Maybe hike the trail down the 2 miles to the beach and back...it gives you a feel for hiking NaPali and you can snorkel at Ke e beach or Tunnels when you return from the hike. Then after snorkelling head into Hanalei for a shave ice at the Wishing Well. You would still have time to head home for a shower and BBQ in the evening, or a night out. would be a perfect day!

Kay- Yup...I love snorkeling... I have a bathroom all done in Snorkel water blue and white, turtles on the beach, sand beach glass, shells...hehe...

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You will love snorkeling, I'm not a big fan of water, but I love snorkeling!

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4/8/11 12:43 P

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I just got my hands on a really good hiking book called "Frommer's Best Hiking Trips in Hawaii". I'd recommended it to anyone going to any of the islands to hike as it covers them all. This book says to wear good supporting, waterproof hiking boots. -sigh-

Maui - do you remember how long it took you to get to the falls? This book says 6 to 8 hours. Is it worth it?

As for snorkeling, I've never done it but I'm sure I'll try it at some point.


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3/26/11 9:59 P

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DC- yup...lets talk. :)
Sorry for whatever you had to go through. Glad you have found your way to the deck and the OP.

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I agree! All of this talk really makes me want to be back there again. You are very lucky, Kits. Please enjoy for all of us!

I took the trail to Hanakoa Falls. I'm not sure of the mileage, but it was a good trailrun/hike. I was out there for business travel and had just a few days before catching a puddle jumper to the main island, so I just really needed to see the best of the island even though (with hindsight) I realize how nuts it was. I read something about kayaking the Napali Coast if you're interested in something like that. I'm not sure what the paddling is like that time of year.

Maui, I love your post. I completely get the part about having major family illnesses - one right after the other - and then just deciding that life was too short. We'll have to talk about this more. I experienced something similar a few years ago.

Okay, and I just want to add one more thing about Kauai. There was a lighthouse a little north of my hotel. I remember waiting and waiting there to spot a few whales. I believe it was the Kilauea Lighthouse. It was early when I got there, and the lighthouse was closed, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

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ESM- Resorts...it really depends on your personal preferences. And where you will be driving during the day.
We like Poi Pu area, I have freinds who will only stay in Hanalei.

Depends upon how much you want to spend...Princeville has the most expensive store in the US...(I have never been in...lol)

If you are Hyatt or Marriott member then of course you can get points for staying...so its hard to recommend for someone else. There are family homes to rent, lovely cottages...lots of choices.

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3/25/11 6:01 P

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Kits, Yes the Kalalau Trail is a must...and we have not done the entire trail, but I would do the entire trail one of these days. Wool socks are a good bet too if you are wearing trail shoes...just know they will be MUDDY! (most likely)
We have gone down to the permit sign and headed upland to the waterfall. This you can do without a permit.

DC- I live in CA, but have now been to Kauai about 6 times. I know...lucky...
There are many places in teh world I would like to see, but this place fits my hubby and me just fine. When he needs a break from work, this has begun to feel like our other home. Its a splurge when we go, but a few years back we had major family illness, with several family members one after the other. So we decided to just go and go back, since we love it so. Life is short and life is good...

DC- It sounds like you really get some good time off from work to have nice outdoor adventures.

Kits- There are so many places to go...it depends how long you will be there. But , a boat trip up teh NaPali is a real treat too and such a different view. I like the morning launch from Port Allen, since the wind and swells are typically lowest early in the day. Of course a helicopter ride is a gorgeous way to see the island and get your overview early in teh trip. Expensive...so I have only gone once. But last year, my hubby went with Wood and Luv on a doors off helicopter on a perfect perfect day. Talk about an outdoor adventure...

Right at where the Kalalau Trail starts is Ke e beach. (end of the road) And at times , (not low tide), the reef there is filled with giant sea turtles munching their lunch.
Oh gosh...now I want to go.

Kits-are you going to snorkel???




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KITS4CHANGE's Photo KITS4CHANGE Posts: 939
3/25/11 11:18 A

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so did you do the whole trail then? I want to do at least the part that you don't need a permit for. Once there, we can decide to keep going or not.

How about you, Maui? How much of that trail have you done?

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Oh yes, the Kalalau Trail is unbeatable. And, as I recently read, one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the U.S. I freaked out when I read that since I trail ran a good part of it with a half broken wrist, by myself, passing the big sign that said "do not proceed without a permit." Ha, ha. Anyhow, it is a magical trail. And you can do a little bit of it or a lot (with permit) but the scenery is beautiful no matter what. I also agree with Maui, who is one of the luckiest people on the planet since she lives out there, that the Waimea Canyon is another must see. I didn't hike there because I ran out of time, but even looking down at it from above was amazing. Have a great time! Oh, and I wore trailrunners but that's my standard shoe. If you decide to go with something that requires socks, run to the closest outdoor store and buy yourself some merino wool socks. No matter what the temperature (you can get lighter ones for warm temperatures) you will never look at another pair of socks again. Especially if you're going to be slogging through some mud and puddles.

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3/22/11 8:36 P

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ESM- Oh Kauai is a fabulous place to hike. Some favorite hikes are on the North, from teh end of the road at Ke e Beach, heading down the Na Pali coast. Beautiful...
Also, up Waimea Canyon, (The grand Canyon of the pacific), has dozens of trails, many with good look outs.
We like to stay i Poi Pu, which time wise is half way between.
The north is green and more rain.
Poi Pu is more reliably sunny.

There are good hiking trail guide books, worth a look.

There are also several trails down to hidden beaches etc, like Queen's bath, secret beach, with very short hikes. But nice. More trails on Kauai than all other islands combined.

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My fiancÚ and I are looking at Hawaii as a potential Honeymoon. We both love to hike and thought we would get the best of both worlds, hiking and laying around on the beach. Is there any trails that you would recommend or even resorts we could stay in that are near the trails?

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3/21/11 6:03 P

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Kits-
Ya...the mud and heat are quite an issue...and wading through water/muddy with hiking boots is a real pain...so me me there is no choice...Its Keens. They have good toe protection and adjustable tightness depending upon terrain. Even though at home, my hiking boots are no doubt my choice, in Kauai its Keens.


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3/21/11 2:21 P

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I guess my concern is hiking without the support that good hiking boots provide. Without them I just can't go as far. Would be a pain to try and fit them in my luggage though I guess. I don't have any Keen's. Been thinking about getting a pair. I should get them now and try them out around here first.

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I just got back from Hawaii, but I didn't hike. My husband isn't into hiking like me and he was also there for work. So if he took the car I didn't have a way to get around. But I absolutly loved, loved, loved snorkeling. Loved all the pretty fish, sea turtles, whales and dolphins there. The trip made me want to live there. I felt like a kid again.

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3/20/11 9:02 P

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I take 4 shoes to Kauai
-Keens
-oldest pair of runners (For red dirt stain issues)
-and 2 flipflops...one for beach going and one for dressy out to eat...
Really...on Kauai dress shoes are your good flip flops.
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3/20/11 9:00 P

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Kits- I have done plenty of hiking in Kauai...(I know...very lucky me...and its a long story how I got this lucky) Anyhow, I digress...
I have Keen's and love them on Kauai. Its hot and muggy...they are perfect. Not so good out in teh sand, cause it gets stuck underfoot...but for muddy trails, stream crossing, dryish trails...perfect!

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I've never hiked Kauai, but the pictures are fantastic, you should have a great time. I think maybe you should hike in shoes you are familiar with, but after that, go with the lightest ones you can, I have some Solomon amphib shoes I've hiked in, not a lot of support in those, but they do dry quickly. Lately I'm hiking in trail runners, lighter, but still have the gortex for keeping my feet dry, as long as I don't have to do any wading on the trail, if so I take the shoes off and cross barefoot.

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This is a question for those of you that have hiked in Hawaii. I'm planning a trip there and reading travel books and getting conflicting advice on what to wear to hike. I know it's muddy there....at least in winter. My trip will be in September. Don't know if that will be better conditions or not. Anyway, one of the books said NOT to wear heavy, waterproof hiking boots. To wear more of the amphibious shoe style. I'm thinking they mean the Keen type sandal shoe for example. Then another one said to wear good supporting hiking boots. So, looking for opinions.

Anyone hike the Kalalau Trail on Kauai?

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