Well I pulled the trigger for another trip to Hawaii. The plan, paddle the Na Pali Coast in packrafts to Kalalau beach (6 miles) and backpack back (11 miles). It takes 3 days so you’ll prob want to spend a few days exploring Kauai before or after the trip. If you’ve never been, it’s a must see, and the Kalalau/ Na Pali coast, simply stunning. Meet Ke’e Beach 8AM on Thurs July 28th, return Sat 30th.
Last years trip: http://packrafting.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=4407
Another option is to rent kayaks and paddle the coast camping at Kalalau and Milolli, http://www.alohafrom808.com/2013/08/kayaking-the-na-pali-coast-pt-1-of-4/ .
Note, if the surf is up we won’t be able to paddle so it’ll convert to just a backpacking trip.
Also, can’t delay in booking the Kalalau permit, need to get this done 6+ months out. Likewise for the good/ inexpensive condos, check out VRBO and SeaLodge.