Hanakapiai Falls, north coast of Kauai
Hanakapiai Falls, north coast of Kauai

For this image of Hanakapiai Falls my goal was to capture a sense of the wild jungle terrain one must trek through to reach this place. The challenge was in finding a place where I could see the falls through the forest, so to speak, and keep my footing long enough to compose an image with my large format 4×5 camera.

Hanakapiai Falls lies in the Hanakapiai Valley, which is accessed from the Kalalau Trail at roads end on the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii on the Napali Coast. Its a ruggedly beautiful journey to reach the falls which can be done as a fairly easy day hike of around 8 miles round trip.