Ho’opi’i Falls Trail

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.

As I just mentioned, it’s crucial to tell you that Kauai gets 30-40 inches of rain a year, so the environment is almost always wet. Because of this, you really do need to prepare to experience a lot of mud. Especially if you are looking to hike or do any outdoor activities, it’s important to bring shoes that can be easily worn in the mud. Water shoes are great for this. Finding a walking stick to bring with you when you want to go hiking is also a great idea.

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The first falls on the trail

If you use AllTrails, the path 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.

If you’re not really a climber, then stopping to admire the top of the first waterfall on this trail is likely the best thing for you to do, but if you like to climb, it is worth it to find that hidden, steep trail off to your left that leads you to the bottom of the second falls.

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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. Also, everyone met together at the rope swing to take turns jumping into the water. It was a really exciting experience to meet with strangers who were friendly and welcoming. And it was also nice to not be the only one swinging into the water.

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The second falls

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. I mean, they filmed Jurassic Park in Kauai, need I say more? It’s green, full of lush jungles, and ready to be explored! 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!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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