Nounou Kuamoo Sleeping Giant
East Side, Wailua Homesteads
5 Miles Round-Trip
1,200 feet Elevation Gain through forested areas
What to bring
Water, Hat, Sunscreen
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The Nounou Kuamoo Trail is a favorite hike that will lead you over the Opaekaa Stream across a quaint wooden bridge and through a forest of strawberry guavas. For a quick hike and nice picnic area you can stop at the covered picnic table at the .75 mile. This valley vista will reward you with views of Kalepa Ridge and upper Wailua Homestead. The Nounou Trail continues along the west side of Nounou Mountain and meets up with the west side trail at about 1.8 miles.
At the top of the trail, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of mount Waialeale, Anahola’s Kong mountain, Wailua River Valley and the coastline from Kealia to Kalapaki,. The picnic table at the top is a great rest spot for a picnic and shelter. You can continue on along the ridge toward the giant's head, but the trail becomes more difficult, and requires some climbing to traverse. At the end of this spectacular hike you will be treated to a 360-degree view of East side of Kauai.
The reason for the name "Sleeping Giant Trail " is because you will hike across the chest of the giants profile that is easily seen from the ocean side or Kapaa side of the mountain.