The Kalalau Valley is a beautiful, rugged valley on the Na Pali Coast of Kaua’i – a long stretch of Hawaiian coastline that is virtually inaccessible, except by water or walking (or helicopter). It’s a mecca for kayakers and hikers, and stunningly beautiful. The pictures below are taken from the Kalalau Valley Lookout, a stop at the end of the Waimea Canyon Road that is one of the few places from which you can access even part of the Na Pali Coast from your car (even if it’s a long way from the actual water, as the pictures show). You can’t get into the Valley itself from the Lookout, but you can look into the Valley and out into the Pacific below.

Put simply, this Na Pali Coast wilderness is one of the most inaccessible places in Hawaii, and a must-see for visitors to Kaua’i.

Apparently, it’s also home to some nudists.

"Choppy" is happily oblivious to the potential nudists in the valley below.
“Choppy” is happily oblivious to the nudists in the valley below.

I learned this from a helpful helicopter pilot, as Paul and I toured the island via the method least likely to result in a twisted ankle or being swept out to sea (or exhaustion).

Obviously, in the name of research, I looked this up immediately upon having access to the Internet.

It turns out, our helicopter pilot knew what he was talking about.

I guess Choppy is nude herself. Perhaps she felt right at home.
I guess Choppy is nude herself. Perhaps she felt right at home.

The nudists – who, according to my crack research skills (read: looked up like four websites), are a mix of hippies, free spirits (redundant?) and Vietnam vets – decided they liked the Kalalau Valley after hiking there so much that they decided not to leave.

Not that I blame them as I sit looking outside at snow covering every inch of the ground and temperatures hovering in the single digits. I wouldn’t want to leave, either (begging the question: why did I leave Hawaii for this frozen piece of land?).

Despite not technically being allowed to live in the Kalalau Valley, the colony of naked people don’t seem to be going anywhere. In the summer, there is apparently a hippie pizza shop in the Valley (if you know where to look. Or not look, as the case may be) and the Internet is full of information about the nudists in the Valley.

And it’s definitely a must-see while you are in Hawaii. Binoculars are optional.

"Choppy" brought her binoculars to the Kalalau Valley Lookout. She didn't see any nudists. But she did have this seemingly unreal view. She'll call it a win.
“Choppy” brought her binoculars to the Kalalau Valley Lookout. She didn’t see any nudists. But she did have this seemingly unreal view. She’ll call it a win.

 

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