Visit one, two or all three waterfalls during this idyllic hike along Kapaa Stream.
Enter at the almost-hidden yellow gate tucked alongside a residential neighborhood and follow the trail through the lovely river valley until you reach the clearing and the stream, then turn right.
At this point, it’s easiest to walk the dirt path as it winds high above the river, then when you hear the roar of the waterfalls – in only 15 to 20 minutes – take one of several steep trails down to sit beside the falls.
Alternately, you can walk along another trail adjacent to the river, but at times it becomes obscured by fallen trees and you may need to make your own way until the path is visible again. Continue on to find the second and third waterfalls.
Location: East Kauai, mauka (toward the mountains)
Park: On Kapahi Road, about half mile after turning off Kawaihau Road
Length: 2 mile roundtrip to the first waterfall
Time: 1½ hours
Elevation: 25 feet
Difficulty level: Nimbleness required on this dirt trail; lots of rocks and roots to step over; steep dirt trails leading down to waterfalls