The 3,000-foot cliffs of Na Pali rise from the blue Pacific like fluted walls keeping the world at bay. This 15-mile coast is the shoulder of an ancient volcano that once rose more than five miles from the sea floor, and today, it beckons visitors by foot, boat, and helicopter to gaze closely upon the razor-sharp ridges and plunging valleys. Ancient Hawaiians relied on canoes to access the Na Pali’s valleys, and boats remain the easiest way to explore the coast, especially in summer, when the calm surf makes it easier for kayaks to access the sea caves and scalloped beaches.
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