Awa’awapuhi Trail

Embark on Kauai’s awe-inspiring Awa’awapuhi Trail, a 6.7-mile journey through lush forests, leading to panoramic views of Na Pali Coast and Awa’awapuhi Valley.

Awa'awapuhi Trail is a Hiking Trail located in the city of Kekaha on Kauai, Hawaii
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  • Overview: Awa’awapuhi Trail, located in Kekaha on the picturesque island of Kauai, Hawaii, is a breathtaking 6.7-mile round-trip hike that leads to a stunning vista overlooking the Awa’awapuhi and Nualolo Valleys. This captivating trail is a must-see for visitors seeking an unforgettable hiking adventure in Hawaii.
  • Highlights: The main highlight of Awa’awapuhi Trail is the jaw-dropping panoramic view at the end of the hike, which showcases the dramatic landscape of the Na Pali Coast and the deep, lush valleys of Awa’awapuhi and Nualolo.
  • Activities: Visitors to Awa’awapuhi Trail can enjoy an exhilarating hike through lush native forests, birdwatching for rare and endemic species, and capturing stunning photographs of the Na Pali Coast and surrounding valleys.
  • Information: Awa’awapuhi Trail is open year-round, with no entrance fees. The best time to visit is during the drier months of April to October, as the trail can become slippery and muddy during the wetter months. The hike typically takes around 3-5 hours to complete, depending on your pace.
  • History & Significance: Awa’awapuhi Trail was originally constructed in the late 19th century for cattle ranching and hunting purposes. Today, it is a protected part of the Koke’e State Park and serves as a vital habitat for many native plants and animals, as well as a popular hiking destination for nature enthusiasts.
  • Tips & Insights: To enhance your Awa’awapuhi Trail experience, start your hike early in the morning to avoid the heat and potential afternoon clouds that can obstruct the view. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes with good traction, as the trail can be steep and slippery in some areas. Also, don’t forget to pack plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen for your hike.

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