Kauai Climbs/bouldering Info


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 30, 2006 - 10:50am PT
Anybody got some info on any climbs in Kauai? Guess there are some Lava cliffs to boulder, so I will bring the shoes. Any good deep water solos???

Trad climber
Oct 30, 2006 - 11:36am PT
Hike the Nepali coast trail, stay overnight, caves right on the beach at the end of the trail. Bouldering, ok... Location, incredible.
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Nov 7, 2006 - 12:37am PT
Is the Na Pali Coast trail accessible now? It was destroyed by hurricane some time ago. I guess it must be, I seem to remember seeing a photo of the beach at the end. The name escapes me at present, duh. Kinda late here. Kalalau is it? All those damn Hawai'ian words sound the same - bloody good thing there are so few letters in their alphabet.

This is at Lumahai:

Climbing in Hawai'i for the most part sucks, the rock is just too crumbly. I don't remember much of anything that's fun on Kaua'i. Certainly no deep water soloing that I know of. A preposition is a bad thing to end a sentence with.

Shaka, dude.

Trad climber
one pass away from the big ditch
Nov 7, 2006 - 12:44am PT

Go to Maui instead

Nov 7, 2006 - 12:45am PT
I keep saying it, the good rock is on the North shore of Molokai. You need a helicopter or boat to get there though.

We used a helicopter ............

Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 7, 2006 - 01:46am PT
This is "lithified" sandstone on the beach on the South side of Kauai (Po'ipu). Hike East from the Hyatt.
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Nov 7, 2006 - 02:13am PT
Did some deep water soloing at the end of the beach at Kalalau and beyond.

Fun, but Hawaii does suck for climbing.

I did see some big route potential somewhere but was sworn to secrecy



Trad climber
Nov 7, 2006 - 02:54am PT
Folks lighten up on my homestate yo!
I live here, yea it sucks. Just let me and John say that.

Werner, I have boat access, I will mail you a chart to tell me where. I am coming to the Valley next spring if not sooner so I'll ask you for info then.

From my experience on Kauai is very little. Only been there about six times. Just have fun with the beach bouldering. I find kevlar gloves helpful with some of the sharp lava.

The hiking is great if you have time do it. Feel free to call me if your on Oahu long enough for a beer.


Trad climber
Evergreen, CO
Nov 7, 2006 - 07:42am PT
The best rock I found on Kauai was at the bottom of the Kukui trail in the Waimea Canyon. Bomber basalt band about 30 feet tall that you can traverse for a while ( lot's of spider webs though). If you try to deep water solo on the shoth shore you are guaranteed to take a drink as that rock is more sand than stone. But there are some limestone-like outcroppings West of the Hyatt a ways, i second the bring gloves comment, and add old shoes as the rock will scallop your climbing shoes.

I wouldn't bother bringing climbing gear, maybe just some shoes. The hiking on the Napali is amazing, I second the overnight to Kalalao Valley. That is probably the best part of Kauai.

Santa Barbara, CA
Nov 7, 2006 - 08:18am PT
Another view of the "lithified" sandstone on the beach on the South side of Kauai (Po'ipu). Hike East from the Hyatt. Below the golf course.

Trad climber
the ville, colorado
Nov 7, 2006 - 10:16am PT
Werner is right, the north shore of Molokai has 30 miles of cliffs & sea stacks. Just spent three weeks at molokai ranch windsurfing & checked out the cliffs.Boat will be the only access, & then you have the wave back wash from the cliffs(vomit fits). Oahu has some good stuff.rg

Trad climber
B'ton, IN
Nov 7, 2006 - 10:26am PT

Skip the bouldering in Kauai - the rock is brittle and full of crabs. Instead, head up to Koke'e State Park and hike the Awa'awapuhi Trail. Besides the amazing views of Waimea Canyon on the drive up, Koke'e State Park presents a different view island at altitude. The Awa'awapuhi Trail, in particular, approaches the Na Pali coast from above and ends on a knife edge ridge that drops a few thousand feet to the valleys and ocean below.

If you need a bouldering fix, Hideaways on the North Shore has some easy bouldering. Lose the shoes and do circiuts on the wall, wactch out for crabs in the cracks. Also, Hanakapai'ai beach has some brittle cliffs with sandy landings.

Sam E

Boulder climber
Nov 7, 2006 - 12:58pm PT
Check out Kipu Falls for some fun but limited deepwater bouldering. Kalalau for location, but sketchy basalt will keep you close to the ground.

Sport climber
Calgary, Alberta
Jan 25, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
Are there any updates since 2007? We are heading there in a couple of weeks and would love to do some easy bouldering. Will be there with kids, so somewhere with easy/quick access is preferable...

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jan 25, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
Forget the bouldering there...go to the North Shore and take the kids on a zipline tour.....you'll all have a blast!

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Jan 25, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Go to the Big Island, southern tip Green Sand Beach, excellent long traverses. Work on your calluses though. A'a!

I didn't properly explore it, but there might be some good stuff where the lava flows come down from the higher country to the coastal flatlands in the much less visited part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Maybe not steep enough, but worth verifying.

Plenty of isolated steep canyons in the jungles on the slopes of Mauna Kea, around 3000 - 6000 elevation. Not big stuff, but plenty adventurous and scary and beautiful. It's mostly not legal to get back in there though unless you're affiliated with some government research or private ranchers.

Kohala area looks like way big, remote, chossy near vertical vegetated adventure.


Jan 25, 2013 - 04:09pm PT
Munge, why Maui? Your photo is gone. What's in Maui? I have to go to Maui for a "work" event late feb would love to bring my shoes & do some bouldering.
bit'er ol' guy

the past
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:44pm PT

Here's a tip,

do something other than climb.

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Bouldering in the volcano. Ping I can track down some info.

Jan 25, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
Here's a tip, do something besides being predictable and bit'er.

Edit- thanks for the tip Munge I'll have a look around.
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