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  • Features

    Birdwatching, Forrest, Views, Wildlife

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

The Awaawapuhi Trail will take you on an ultimate journey as you ascend from 4,120 feet elevation in the Kokee State Park to the valley rim of Nualolo and Awa’awapuhi valleys at 2,500 feet. The trail will lead you through rain forest, high desert like terrain and to some of the most awe inspiring vistas on Kauai’s Napali Coast. Awa’awapuhi Trail is a continual downhill hike from the trail head to the grassy clearing overlooking the valleys.

The Napali Forest Reserve area is managed as wilderness because of the rich variety of native plant species that thrive here. After the first mile-and-a-half the forest begins to thin out and the rugged Napali coast comes into view as well as glimpses into the Awaawapuhi Valley. At about the three mile mark is the junction of the Nualolo Cliff Trail.

If you don’t like back tracking you could take the Nualolo Cliff Trail junction on your way out, but it will add 5 miles to your trip and you will have to walk the road back to your car.

For the Awaawapuhi Nualolo Lookout continue straight ahead to the end of the trail for spectacular panoramic views and great picnic area.

Hiking Tips

Heading into Kauai’s interior and remote terrain offers dome of the most beautiful backdrops on the world. By doing a little planning and being prepared you will make your hiking trip one of your best Kauai experiences.

  • Hiking Plan Always tell someone where you are hiking (name and location of trail) you plan to hike and when you plan on returning.
  • Water  Drink one-half to one full quart of water or sports drink each and every hour you are hiking in the heat. Carry your water bottle in your hand and drink small amounts often. Make sure if you are drinking water from any streams or fresh water sources you purify your water with a purifier is certified to filter microbial leptosporosis or giardia (not all do).
  • Food  Carry high-energy, salty snacks as well as meals. The hike out is much easier when you provide your body with enough calories to support the extreme physical activity you are engaged in.
  • Weather Check the weather before you set off on your hike. Kauai Weather Forecast
  • First Aid It is important to know that cuts in tropical climates should be monitored closely. Don not expose open wounds or cuts to river water.
  • Proper Footwear There are a variety of footwear options to choose from. The best advise is to wear what is comfortable for you. Do not break in new shoes along a hiking trail.
  • Clothing  Dress in layers so you can protect your skin from the tropical sun. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. A light rain jacket is recommended.
Awaawapuhi Nualolo Trail An ultimate journey as you ascend from 4,120 feet elevation in Kokee State Park to the rim of Nualolo and Awa'awapuhi Valleys. SKU UPC Model

Worth the hike

Oct 15, 2015 by Sandy

Loved this hike! We went on a day when it said cloudy with little chance of rain. The 3.25 miles down to the valley is almost all downhill. So when there is a fresh rain you will want to go slow or you have a good chance of wiping out. When you reach the vantage point for one of the most breathtaking views I've seen.


Great hike

Oct 15, 2015 by Chris

Nice hike out to the overlook of the Na Pali Coast. The trail does need some clearing done at the end of the trail. Downhill most of the way uot and be ready for gradual climb the whole way back


4.5 5.0 2 2 Loved this hike! We went on a day when it said cloudy with little chance of rain. The 3.25 miles down to the valley is almost all downhill. So when there is a fresh rain you will w Awaawapuhi Nualolo Trail

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