KŌKE‘E STATE PARK , located at the very top of the island, is defi ned by its sprawling 4,345-acre upland forest, intersected by 45 miles of HIKING TRAILS and popularized by its SCENIC, CLIFFSIDE VISTAS. The forest is home to native vegetation and birds. Daytime temperatures vary from an average of 45 degrees Fahrenheit in January, to 68 degrees in July.
There are trails — some of them spiked with perilous sections — that lead to WAIMEA CANYON. Others, with varying diffi culty levels, wind through the forest. Families can venture to WAIPO‘O FALLS, a 3.6-mile hike from Highway 550 along CANYON TRAIL, while more-adventurous hikers can choose the AWA‘AWAPUHI or NU‘ALOLO LOOP hikes, which are more strenuous and off er views of NĀPALI COAST. If you don’t have time for a hike, the park also off ers several lookouts along the road that boast stunning views and information boards. One such stop is KALALAU LOOKOUT , popular for its stunning view overlooking KALALAU VALLEY . During the summer months, the park off ers guided “ WONDER WALKS .” For more information about trails and guided hikes, stop at KŌKE‘E MUSEUM , pick up a map, and chat with the staff about trail conditions.
To get to the park, drive up the coast on Highway 50 from Kekaha, about 3 miles to the west of the town of Waimea. For more information, go to kokee.org. KO¯KE‘E LODGE 808-335-6061