Kauai offers seven distinct microclimates, from lush interior spots to arid areas on the West Side. Mount Waialeale (elevation 5,148 ft) is at the heart of Kauai’s uninhabited interior and is a quintessential rainforest with over 400-inches of rain per year.
One of the best tips I got beforehand was to forget hiking boots, and instead use Teva’s, which are waterproof and sturdy enough for hiking. This was important as when you are out and about on Kauai, especially on the North side, the weather can change in an instant… It can, and does, rain. It rains almost every night. And it rained for brief spurts on us when on the trail… it was never a problem, as it it was a warm rain, we were prepared to get wet (and then dry off quickly – no cotton), and we were ready for the resulting mud… shoes, and hiking poles.
But that did not make it “pretty”: