When we last visited Opaekaa Falls on Kauai, I wondered if it was possible to hike down there and swim in the freshwater pool at the bottom. The cascading twin falls can be seen from a distant vista point, right off of the main road into Wailua Valley, but how cool would it be to enjoy it up close?

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Turns out, as cool as it would be, hiking to it is against the law. The trail has been blocked off by a steel fence since 2006, when two women fell to their deaths. Even then, the trail was not officially sanctioned by the state but highly-publicized and well-known by many. An all too common scenario for hikes in Hawaii, so make sure the one you decide on is sanctioned.

Now, a warning sign at the trail head stops hikers from proceeding. “Danger Keep Out – Hazardous Conditions” warns against the rocky, unstable path. Some say secret hunting trails still exist; however, I would not encourage using them for obvious reasons. If the state doesn’t think it’s safe, then it’s most likely not safe and not maintained. Plus, violators can be charged with a $1,000 fine and sentenced to up to 30 days in jail!

Is it worth it?

No! There are so many other hikes to do on Kauai; some even minutes from Opaekaa.

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