After having dried and dressed ourselves, we drove further up to the trailhead of Kalalau, the only trail that goes up and down the Na Pali coast, for 11 miles. As we did not get one of the 60 permits per day, we had a good excuse for only hiking the first two miles into the trail - which was OK because we were neither prepared nor fit nor early enough for a really long hike. Up and down, up and down in crisscross. Not only the view of the sea and the unbelievably sharp mountain ribs was stunning, but also the trail was beautiful. Through jungle and huge spider webs, plastered or totally muddy and slimy. The hiking stick we grabbed at the entrance sign turned out to be really helpful, in spite of feeling like Gandalf 99% of the time ;-)
After having passed several hikers on our way back, we were happy to arrive at the trailhead at sunset. Although we therefore missed the sunset at nearby Ke'e beach, also the dusk was beautiful, with a moon like the Cheshire Cat.