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The Best Hiking in Kapaa

Looking for the best hiking in Kapaa? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Kapaa. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Kapaa

  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to the nose of Sleeping Giant

    4.5
    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are a few different approaches for this hike - you can take either the East route, West route, or the Kuamoo-Nounou route. The East route is closest to nearby towns of Kapa'a and Wailua, so for convenience I chose this route.The trail quickly begins with several switchbacks, all of which a...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Kayak the Wailua and Hike to Secret (Uluwehi) Falls

    5.0
    1.5 mi
    First, you need kayaks to get on the river. I bring my Oru Kayak with me everywhere, but we did have to rent one additional, and there are rentals everywhere - a quick Google search will get you tons of options. You can launch your boat from directly across the Wailua River Marina where you see t...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to Ho'opi'i Falls

    4.0
    2.2 mi
    Easiest/Direct route: When in the Kapa'a area from the main highway turn left onto Kawaihau road. Follow Kawaihau all the way up until you see a sign for Kapahi road, turn left onto that road. Driving in, you'll see a red gate on your left-hand side. The parking area is just after the gate, along...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike the Kuilau Ridge Trail

    4.0
    5 mi / 488 ft gain
    Parking at the trailhead is limited to approximately four vehicles, so arrive early. If you are unable to park, continue down Highway 580 and you will find parking next to Kawi Stream. The beginning of the trail, an old fire road, starts with a gradual incline where you are exposed to a variety o...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to Waimea Falls

    1.9 mi / 216 ft gain
    The hike to the Waimea Falls offers both the natural beauty of a tropical rainforest, as well as the unique, in situ opportunity to learn about local history. Although this hike can be crowded, it is definitely worthwhile to see and swim in this amazing Hawaiian waterfall. The approximately mile-...
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  • Kalaheo, Hawaii

    Swim in the Waikoko Stream & Waterfall

    1 mi / 166 ft gain
    You will need a 4WD high clearance vehicle to reach this trail. To reach the trailhead, take Highway 580 which will eventually turn to dirt. You'll cross over a couple of streams and when you reach a Y, take a left. In one more mile, you will reach a second Y which you will turn left. If the gate...
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  • Kalaheo, Hawaii

    Waialeale Blue Hole Falls Trail

    5.34 mi / 2680 ft gain
    Waialeale Blue Hole Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Līhuʻe, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Waiakalua Beach Trail

    0.44 mi / 151 ft gain
    Waiakalua Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Wai Koa Loop Trail

    3.3
    5 mi / 227 ft gain
    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...
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Kauapea "Secret" Beach

    0.67 mi / 207 ft gain
    Kauapea "Secret" Beach is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings locates near Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Kilauea, Hawaii

    Hike to the Waterfalls at Kauai's Secret Beach

    4.0
    2 mi
    Disclaimer - as I was shown this spot by a local, I would suggest asking for the exact location of the trail from a local. It can be reached by one of the nearby neighborhood roads in Kilauea.The boot path is fairly short (approximately a mile or so), and involves a short stream crossing, which ...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Scramble the Okolehao Ridge Trail

    4.5 mi / 1200 ft gain
    They don't call it the butt slide trail for nothing— the Okolehao Trail (translated to iron butt, for more than just the glutes involved) —is a short drive from Princeville, just before Hanalei Bay. Filled with lush vegetation, ample wildlife, and stunning viewpoints, the full trail isn't for th...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Hike to Wyllie's Beach

    5.0
    0.8 mi / 265 ft gain
    Wyllie's beach is a small beach next to Anini beach. It is on the northwest side of the river mouth. There is a 0.8 mile trail down to the beach. The trail head is near the Westin Princeville. This is a handy beach for those staying in the Princeville area, as it is walkable from most vacation ho...
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Makauwahi Cave

    0.53 mi / 46 ft gain
    Makauwahi Cave is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Makuawahi Cave

    3.5
    0.4 mi
    (Note: the cave is only open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm) Getting There:  Drive down Poipu road, traveling east; the road will turn to dirt and a few obstacles will make you glad to have (or wish you had) a medium clearance vehicle... Take the fi...
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  • Princeville, Hawaii

    Sea Lodge Beach Trail

    0.8 mi / 167 ft gain
    Sea Lodge Beach Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii.
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