Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Among the rules to ensure safety when hiking Kaua'i's NaPali Coast is this: Never follow a goat trail.

Kids like to chill at the terminus of the Awa'awapuhi Trail, the most popular among the down-and-up, out-and-back trails on the ridges that lead seaward from the upper edges of Waimea Canyon. The first part of the the spur is okay for sure-footed hikes, but only visitors with wings or hooves should go farther.

Provided you manage your time and avoid foul weather, the treks are safe for the careful hiker, unless you  sprain the shutter-finger snapping pictures.