Kokee State Park

Phone (808) 274-3444
5 stars from 6 reviews
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

Beth Anderson's Take
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.
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Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
Likes Received: 2
We love the drive up the canyon road to the state park. Very good lookout points of the Napali coast. The restaurant is quite good there in a lodge like setting.
Ellen R
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 90
Likes Received: 119
If you're interested in hiking with a group the Sierra Club hikes here a couple of times a year.
The restaurant is very good. Serves large portions.
The museum is worth the small cost.
Tracy M
Joined: Feb 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 6
Kokee State Park is one of the places on Kauai that you must see EVERY TIME you visit Kauai. Every time you make this windy trip up to all the different outlooks there is always a spectacular view to be seen. There are many opportunities to hike and experience nature at its most awesome! There are places to picnic and beautiful trails to hike. You also never know what kind of native plants you will see along the way and what kind of native wildlife you will be able to view up close. This will be a lifetime memory for anyone who visits this beautiful park.
Anne Y
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 4
Likes Received: 0
One of the most magnificent views. Take the helicopter tour. If you can't then a hike is worth the trip. We rented a small cottage there and stayed for a week. Bring all the right equipment. Your journey will be breathtaking.
Heather M
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 57
Likes Received: 8
Visited in 2015. Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend as much time there as I would have liked-- we were only able to go to the lookout. We had packed supplies from the grocery and had a picnic up there! The view is amazing, and the drive up is awesome as well. Definitely, check out this area if you are visiting Kauai! You will not be disappointed!
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 26
Kokee State Park received an overall rating of 5 stars from over 50 reviews.
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