• Features

    Birdwatching, Forrest, River, Views, Waterfalls, Wildlife

  • Difficulty


Waipoo Falls is a 800 foot cascading waterfall that can be seen from various lookouts along the canyon road. You won’t be disappointed by this lovely hike that starts off amongst the forested bird-lands on the rim of Halemanu Canyon. This is a popular hike for families.

The beginning of this trail will take you from hwy 550 and along Halemanu Road for .75 miles to the trail head of the canyon trail and Waipoo Falls Trail. Though you will not see the falls in all their splendor, this tranquil and beautiful hike will lead you along the canyons rim giving you a unique vantage pint of the canyon and Kokee Rain Forest. The trail ends at the top of the 800 foot waterfall along a fragrant Awapuhi Ginger lined stream where will find yourself perched high above the canyon floor with a spectacular view of the canyon below and magnificent photo opportunities.

During the summer months there is less rain and the stream could be low. When the water is flowing this can be a refreshing swimming hole cool off tired feet. Watch out for wild goats who make these cliffs their home.

This moderate hike has a lookout at the beginning of the trail where you can see Waipoo Falls and get great photos. Some save this for after the hike, or you can see what your in for by viewing it beforehand.

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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.
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 by tanya

Hike has a great view of the canyon 3/4th of the way. View of the falls is limited as you are at the top of the falls but you are able to see a couple miniature falls before the main one. 2 small stream crossings and the trail is mostly dry. The lookout to the falls is a great stop for photo taking after or before the hike.