Writer David Hanson explores the stunning island of Kauai, the best place in the Hawaiian archipelago to capture island magic on the beach, from the air, and at the table.
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I take the four-mile hike to Hanakapiai Falls. The red-dirt trail climbs steeply at first and then meanders along curves with jaw-dropping views down the coast.
Even a half-mile on this trail is worth it, but I push on for a dip in the cool ocean at wild, cliff-sided Hanakapiai Beach before the last two miles through the jungle to reach the falls.