Kapa‘a | Kuilau Ridge Hike

Kuilau Ridge Hike

It is a very scenic route that ends at the Moalepe Trail

The trail starts at the end of Kuamo’o Rd (Highway 580) about 100 yards before the Keahua Forestry Arboretum.

From the “get go”, the Kuilau Ridge Trail gives you immediate and dramatic views along the way as you slowly gain elevation.

More or less after an hour, the the trail will bring us to two covered picnic tables overlooking Keahua Stream below and Mount Kawi and Wai’ale’ale all in close proximity.

To the south you can see Kahili Mtn., and the verdant lands spilling over to Knudsen Gap towards Po’ipu. The tips of Mount Hau’pu, towards Lihue can be seen at eye level.

We return by way we came with a refreshing dip in Kehua Stream.

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Tour Overview and Highlights

When And Where:

  • Offered all year. Dates and availability may vary.
  • Meet up at 8:00 am at the Kuilau Ridge trailhead in upper Wailua.


  • Moderate to easy
  • Trail Time: 3 hours
  • Road Time: 30 minutes


  • Guide(s)
  • Day packs
  • Deli lunch:
    • Turkey, ham, vegetarian or PBJ
    • Chips + tropical fruit + cookies
    • Refreshments of tropical juices and bottled water

What To Bring:

  • Sun protection
  • Light shirt
  • Shorts
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Trail food/snack
  • Bathing suit
  • Footwear (light hiking boots, sports sandals, or athletic shoes)
  • Rain gear
  • A camera and binoculars
  • Towel and change of clothes

Caveat Emptor:

  • Children under 16 years need to be accompanied by an adult; if not, service will be denied with no refund.

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Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Kayak Kauai observes a firm 24 hour cancellation policy. Any cancellations within 24 hours will receive no refund;(All Na Pali Coast kayaking tours or GROUPS of 6 or more require a 48 hour cancellation notice). Cancellations made by Kayak Kauai due to inclement weather conditions are 100% refundable.

Travel Insurance

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.