Koke‘e | Awa‘awapuhi Hike
This trail, in visual impact, rivals the more famous Na Pali Coast Trail
We rate it #2 of Kauai’s top trails.
Length each way: 3.1 mi / 4.99 km
A day of magnificent hiking!
Off the Koke’e Road, the trail starts at approximately at 4,120 feet and ends at a lookout around 2,500 feet, that boasts spectacular views into the lusciously green sheer palis (cliffs), fluted ridges and spires of the valleys of Awa`awapuhi and Nu`alolo, both overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the famous Na Pali Coast.
The grassy terminus of this trail offers a nice and picturesque grassy area suitable for a picnic and respite.
To gain those views you will have gradually descended from the edge of a rainforest through the Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve; a wilderness rich with a variety of native dry land plants species.
It is more or less a 3.1 mile one way trail that slopes down through a “dry land” forest with many examples of native and exotic plants and trees complimented with sightings of native birds such as the precocious elepaio
Generally after this hike, we can squeeze a drive to the famous Kalalau Lookout at the end of Koke’e Road and a tour though the small Koke’e Museum, to enjoy its natural history exhibits, which helps put the Koke’e natural history and topography all in perspective.
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When And Where:
- All Year — Monday thru Friday
- Check In: 7:00 a.m., at our Wailua River Marina Shop — on the same southern banks of the Wailua River, where the Smith’s motor boats launch
- Moderate to strenuous
- Trail Time: 3 to 4 hours
- Road Time: 2.5 hours
- Day packs
- Deli lunch:
- Turkey, roast beef, ham, salami, or vegetarian
- Chips + tropical fruit + cookies
- Refreshments of tropical juices and bottled water
What To Bring:
- Sun protection
- Light shirt
- Sweatshirt or light jacket
- Trail food/snack
- Footwear (light hiking boots, sports sandals, or athletic shoes)
- Rain gear
- A camera and binoculars
- Towel and change of clothes
Kayak Kauai observes a firm 24 hour cancellation policy (except a 48 hour cancellation for all Na Pali Coast kayaking tours). Any cancellations within 24 hours (or within 48 hours for all Na Pali Coast kayaking tours) will receive no refund. Cancellations made by Kayak Kauai due to inclement weather conditions are 100% refundable.
Safety is no accident and on every tour we pay special attention to this fact. That said, travel insurance is not a bad idea, especially if a “dark cloud” decides to follow you. Find a company that offers medical, security evacuation and rescue services in the event of a medical or security emergency.