Awa'awapuhi Trail

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Address 3600 Kokee Rd, Waimea, HI 96796
Difficult, 3.1 mile hiking trail at Kokee State Park.

• General: Cost: Free • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 5-8 Miles • Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail

The Awa'awapuhi Trail is located in Kokee State Park, in the Waimea area of Kaua'i, and features a 3.1 mile (one way, 7.2 mile round trip) hike that many would consider difficult. It tends to get very muddy and foggy along the trail and has an overall elevation gain of 1,180 feet.

The trail starts near mile marker 17 at a parking area and takes you up to a total elevation of 2,500 feet. The trail ends abruptly and you should not venture beyond the safety railing at the end. The footing here is extremely unstable and a fall will drop you down 2,000 feet to the valley floor. Be careful and you're rewarded with amazing views down sheer palis into the Awa'awapuhi and Nualolo Valleys which over the Pacific Ocean.

There is a grassy area at the end as well and it makes a great spot to rest and picnic. The trail also connects to the Nu'alolo Cliffs Trail near the end. As always, be sure to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before you head out.