Kapili Creek

kapili-creek

This is one of the better routes on the Hamakua Coast.  On our first descent, I was pleasantly surprised to find a deep gorge incised with many beautiful waterfalls and punchbowls.  On both the satellite images and topo maps this route did not looks particularly promising but ended up being a fantastic route.  This is a moderate technical canyon adventure of Hawaii style canyoneering featuring 7 solid rappels ups to 110 feet, though most of them are in the 30-60 foot range.  Anchoring was a bit of a challenge and though natural anchors are present at most of the drops, two of the drops were bolted due to reasons that are obvious when in the canyon. However, as of July 2014, the bolts at the top of the 110 foot drop have been sheared off by a major flash flood, and alternative anchors are now necessary.  All the anchors in this canyon are subject o replacement, so come prepared.  We hit this canyon in the middle of the wet season with great flow and a light rain/mist the whole time which made photography difficult but still managed some nice shots.  This route is just over a mile in the creek, and we completed the first descent in 8 hours.

-> Kapili Creek – March 16, 2013 <-

-> Kapili Creek – July 27, 2014 <-