Kokee State Park

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Phone (808) 274-3444
Address 779 Kokee Rd, Waimea, HI 96796
Great hiking trails and breathtaking views overlooking the Kalalau Valley.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • General: Restrooms • General: State Park • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Sightseeing: Wildlife • Cultural & Historical: Museum / Art Center

Kokee State Park is a massive state park located just north of Waimea Canyon on the Waimea area of Kaua'i. The park sits more on the northwest side of the island but is accessed by car from the southwest side.

If you're prone to get car sick, you may want to sit this one out since it's a long windy road to reach the top. But if you decide to take some dramamine (as a passenger), and tough it out, it's really worth the the drive. It's a nature lover's paradise and is full of hiking trails and camping (permits required).

You'll pass Waimea Canyon on the way up, which is magnificent and definitely a must stop on the way. After the 18 mile drive up the canyon, you'll come to large open grassy area, with restrooms. You can park here and head off on a trail overlooking Ni'ihau - which is pretty cool to check out on a clear day.

Continuing on, you'll come to the Kalalau lookout which has one of the most awe-inspiring views in all of Hawaii. It can be pretty cold up here, so if you're going on a hike, be sure to bring appropriate clothing. Weather conditions change quicker than you can shake a stick in Hawaii, and this area has countless thunderstorms throughout the year, so check the weather report before trekking out too far.

The hiking trails range from easy to super advanced - (for those crazy enough to hike (illegally) down the steep ridge into Kalalau Valley). Hiking trails here include Alakai Swamp Trail, Awa'awapuhi Trail, Kawaikoi Stream Trail, Nu'alolo Cliffs Trail, Nu'alolo Trail, Pihea Trail, and Poomau Canyon Lookout Trail.

You'll also find the Kokee Natural History Museum - Hui o Laka, a visitor's center, and a restaurant here as well.