Okolehao Trail

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Phone (808) 274-3433
Address 4644 Ohiki Rd, Princeville, HI 96722
Difficult, 2.5 mile (each way) hiking trail with amazing Hanalei views on Kauai's north side.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Hiking: Ridge Hike • Sightseeing: Great Views

The Okolehao Trail, sometimes called the Hanalei River Trail or Hihimanu Trail, is a 2.3 mile long (one way), out and back style hiking trail in the Princeville area of Kaua'i. It's considered to be a difficult hike due to the 1,232 foot elevation gain and often muddy and slippery conditions along the way.

Our map / directions page mark the trailhead which is accessed right off of Ohiki Road in the Hanalei Valley.

The trail follows a ridgetop route that was actually created back in the days of prohibition when a Hawaiian liquor known as Okolehao was being distilled from the root of ti plants. You can still see these ti plants along parts of the trail today.

The beginning of the trail isn't too bad but expect that to change into a fairly challenging climb over a half mile or so in the Halelea Forest Reserve. You will be rewarded with your first scenic viewpoint if you make it that far.

Keep going and things will be a little less difficult for a while as the trail follows the ridgeline for a while.

After you get about 1.5 miles in, expect things to get more difficult as well as more muddy and slippery. Only advanced hikers who don't fear heights should continue on to the end at a hill called Kaukaopua. The payoff at the end offers some incredible views of Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park and the twin peaks of Hihimanu.