Hike the Wai Koa Loop Trail

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Added by Dan Deublein

Adventure through a majestic mahogany forest to see the historic Kilauea Stone Damn built in the 1880's!

The trailhead is located at Anaina Hou Community Park, off Kuhio Highway near the Kauai Mini Golf Course. A Waiver for the trail must be signed within the office located at Kauai Mini Golf. There is plenty of parking and the trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk. There is no charge unless you wish to rent mountain bikes. 

The footpath, which can be very muddy, starts at the bottom of the hill below the Kauai Mini Golf course. You will begin your hike through the largest Mahogany Forest located within the United States. Be sure to keep a look out for wild roosters, chickens and boars!

As you continue on the loop, you will reach an area called the Community Gardens. Enjoy the views of freshly grown vegetables and fruits which are sold throughout Kauai. 

The trail will then open up to majestic lush green fields where you can appreciate the Hanalei and Namahana Mountains. Shortly after, you will arrive at a beautiful lily pond, an ideal place for a short break. 

At approximately mile 2.2, you will reach the breathtaking beauty of the historic stone dam. There are lush green gardens, walking paths that cross small bridges and the gentle sound of trickling streams. The large stone dam was constructed in 1881 and holds 10 million gallons of water. You can hike to the backside of the damn where you will find a rope swing and enjoy swimming in the fresh waters of Kauai. 

From the rope swing, the trail will continue back as you complete the loop. You will arrive back at the trailhead and more than likely will require a good shower from the mud!

Pack List

  • Sunblock
  • Rain Jacket
  • Backpack
  • Water & Snacks
  • Bug Repellent 
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Chillin, Diving, Fitness, Hiking, Photography, Running, Swimming

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

227 Feet


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Swimming Hole

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Added by Dan Deublein

Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

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