This 6.2 mile out-and-back hike offers amazing views from cliffs of Awa‘awapuhi and Nualolo Valley. The hike to the viewpoint is downhill, so prepare yourself for the thigh burner on the way out. If you want to get on the trail early, consider camping at Koke'e State Park.

This 6.2 mile hike leads you through a forest reserve filled with native dryland plants and ends abruptly above the sheer cliffs of Awa‘awapuhi and Nualolo Valley. You will often hike in clouds and mist through the forest, but the clouds tend to part near the ocean, giving you spectacular views of the cliffs and blue Pacific Ocean. The hike to the cliffs is all downhill so the return leg is much more tiring. The hike itself is not that difficult, although a fear of heights may keep you away from the great views that walking out past the lookout point will give you. A night of camping is recommended so you can get an early start on the trail, otherwise it's about an hour drive from Waimea town.

If you're interested in camping, you can make a reservation for a capsite in Kokee State Park here.

Stop at the menehune food mart in Kekaha for food/snacks and water or there is a small store in Kokee State Park.

Pack List

  • Trail Shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Food
  • Tent (optional)
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RT Distance 6.2 Miles
Activities Camping, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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Definitely a leg burner

Great hike with great views! If the clouds are in your way, just give it a couple of minutes until they disappear. Unfortunately the loop that connects the Nu'alolo Trail with the Awa'awapuhi Trail is still closed due to maintenance. I stayed a night at Koke State Park which is a nice and quiet campground, though a little colder than the campsites along the beaches

I haven't done the camping, but I did do the hike. There are a few hikes that connect to each other. There is a portion of the hike that was washed out when I went. You could proceed, but with caution. It was terrifying, as I'm scared of heights, and the trail was definitely dangerous.


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