Kalalau Beach

 The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast. The trail traverses 5 major valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted cliffs. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau, each containing camping areas. Originally built in the late 1800s, portions of the trail were rebuilt in the 1930s. A similar foot trail linked earlier Hawaiian settlements along the coastline. Kalalau is also accessible by boat, and kayaking is an alternate way to see the coast under one's own power. Today, Kalalau Valley at the end of the trail serves as one of the premiere backpacking destinations on the planet. Kalalau Valley is the largest Valley on the Na pali Coast. In 1847 around 200 native Hawaiians lived in the Ahupua'a of Kalalau. Kalalau valley has a extensive complex of archaeological sites. Kalalau Valley is about 2 miles wide and high.