Kapa‘a | Sleeping Giant Hiking Tour

Sleeping Giant Hiking Tour

Nounou Mountain Sleeping Giant Hike

This is one of the most satisfying hikes in all Kaua’i with ready rewards all along the way.

On the lower reaches you will go through one of the largest groves on Kaua’i of stately Cook Island pines growing on the western flanks of this charming mountain.

To name a few, bird watch for Brazilian cardinals, shama and melodious laughing thrushes.

Shade is the rule with great vistas from the ridges over Kapa’a, with the possibility on a clear day to see the distant island of Oahu to the Southeast.

The reward at the end, panoramic views of the hinterland of the Wailua Homestead and the awe-inspiring fluted ridges of Mount Wai’ale’ale draped in the clouds beyond.

At the summit we will pause and lunch.

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Tour Overview and Highlights

When And Where:

  • Meet up at 8:00 am at the Sleeping Giant trailhead in Wailua.
  • No transportation at this time


  • Moderate to easy
  • Trail Time: 3-4 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.