Rafting adventure along the beautiful Na Palai Coast is the experience of a lifetime
The Na Pali Coast on Kauai is one of Hawaii’s grandest gems, and it’s only accessible by air, boat or hiking trail. HI Now host Kanoe Gibson is boarding Capt Andy’s Na Pali Raft Expedition for a little bit of adventure and a taste of old Hawaii.
Since 1980, Capt Andy’s has been providing epic tours along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. The rafting adventure takes tours into incredible sea caves and gets you up close and personal with waterfalls and marine life. You’ll most likely catch a glimpse of dolphins, turtles, and even whales in the winter.
The tour takes guests to Nuʻalolo Kai, one of the most undisturbed living sites in the state. Enjoy lunch and then snorkel on one of Kauai’s most developed reefs during a guided cultural walk through the ancient remains that still exist there. When Hawaiians left the area around the 1900s, it became overgrown and forgotten. It was so far from the rest of the island that it was a journey to get to by boat. No trails existed, so it remained relatively undisturbed for decades.
The Na Pali raft adventures are not just about the stunning beauty and the thrills of the rafting adventure, but also about the incredible history and culture of the islands. Capt Andy’s works with the Nā Pali Coast ʻOhana to maintain Nuʻalolo Kai. One of its main missions is to continue the care of the land and teach the practice to the next generation of Kauai children. Several times a year, Capt Andy’s assists the ʻOhana with bringing in school-age children to work the land and to help in their understanding of the history and of the care of it.
In the 1990s, a handful of Kauai residents were concerned about the impacts of years of neglect on the Na Pali park, particularly the destination valley of Kalalau, and formed the Nā Pali Coast ʻOhana. The group became an integral part of the management team, organizing large valley and beach clean-ups and working with state staff on important tasks such as the reintroduction of native flora. A couple of years later, the ʻOhana shifted it’s focus to the small coastal flat of Nuʻalolo Kai at the western end of Nāpali, which houses an extensive complex of archaeological features.
Since then, the Nā Pali Coast ʻOhana organizes missions to manicure the area of Nuʻalolo, maintain paths throughout the area, maintain and rebuild Hawaiian sites that time and goats have degraded, and educate future generations about the culture and history surrounding them.