Ho’opi’i Falls trail is a relatively local trail hidden up in the greener, more jungle-looking areas of Kapa’a in Kauai. As the name suggests, the trail takes you down to Ho’opi’i falls. There are actually two falls there. To get to either, it requires you to trudge the muddy slopes (just like any trail we experienced in Kauai, really). Of the two falls, it was much more magical at the second, so I suggest you go all the way out to the second falls. But the first falls can definitely merit a quick look, as it’s directly off the trail.
If you use AllTrails, it will lead you to the top of the second falls. However, you really want to make it to the bottom of the falls if you can. To get to the bottom, veer right at the top of the falls instead of left. You’ll go up and around the falls until you’ll see a pretty hidden trail that goes steeply steeply down to your left. You really have to climb, but it’s well worth it. The bottom of the falls has a spray of rocks for you to lay out and enjoy the water lightly crashing around you. And there’s a rope swing for you to jump in the water with if you’re feeling more adventurous.
Perhaps the coolest part about this hike to me was the local mentality. It was a pretty local, less mainstream hike, so people would leave walking sticks at the entrance for the next visitors to use. And those sticks really do keep you from siding down muddy hillsides, so they were a life-saver! We were passed off sticks when we arrived, so we left them for the next trail goers when we left.
All in all, Ho’opi’i Falls was well worth the visit, especially since you get to walk through the greenest jungles you may ever see in your lives. Again, however, like with any trail on Kauai, please exercise extreme caution. They are not easy trails, and it is very easy for you to fall and get seriously hurt. So please consider that before coming out on any hike!