The Napali Coast:
This is a difficult hike with a total of 5000' elevation gain over 11 miles. The trail can be muddy, crumbly, and narrow along sheer cliffs. Not for the faint of heart.
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THE GAME PLAN:
You will be responsible for your own airfare- right now a search shows it's around $850, but last year it was down to $550 a month or so out, so it may go down. I wouldn't book this early, but keep an eye out to get the best deals. You will need to be on the Island on the 26th of June, which is a Monday. Monday night I will have a 2 bedroom condo that sleeps six, and a 1 bedroom condo that sleeps 4 available for use.
We will leave for the trail early on the 27th. We will hike all 11 miles on Tuesday and set up camp in a wooded area a hop, skip, and jump from Kalalau Beach. Wednesday and Thursday are for exploration. We will hike up the side canyon to check out waterfalls and explore the caves on the beach.
Friday we will break camp at first light and start the grueling hike back out.
The rest is up to you! Most, if not all flights out of Lihue are red-eyes (leave 9-10, fly all night). I will probably head home that day, but you may want to stay. Kauai is called the Garden Island, and there is a ton of other places to check out.
For those of you who haven't been to Hawaii before, note that airfare between islands is pretty cheap ($100 each way or less) so you may want to check out another island as well. All up to you.
If you want to stay longer, but want to camp, here is the site to make reservations at campgrounds https://camping.ehawaii.gov you will have to make an account.
I will have a rental car, but will probably only be able to take 2 passengers, as I believe my 2 girls will be doing the hike with me. Rental cars are pretty dang cheap through Costco travel. We got our cars in Hawaii last year for $300 for 11 days. Not bad at all.
Since I will be on the Island for a week I will have time to buy fuel for stoves, so we can arrange that as we get closer.
Temps in the summer range from highs in the low 80's to low's in the low 70's. June and July are also the driest season for the Island. Keep in mind though, that weather can change quickly. There are times that the trail gets closed due to heavy rains. Usually this isn't for more than a day. We have the option of adding a day onto the trip in case of a closure. Just something to keep in mind. This trip is at your own risk, in the event of closure, I am not responsible for financial impacts. You will need to pack raingear for this trip.
Airfare- $550- $850
Rental Car- $190 (this is on costco as of 10/21/16. Usually prices go down as the date approaches)
Camping permits- $20 per person per day, so $60-$80
Dinner Monday Eve & Meal after hike- $40 per person. Not required, but would be fun :)
Fuel for Stove: $10 per person
Gas for rental car- $40
Carpooling would make it cheaper.
Trekking poles, rain gear, good hiking BOOTS, water filter are all needed for the hike.