Take a HikeKaua‘i

Kaua‘i is renowned for its HIKING TRAILS and BACKCOUNTRY VISTAS.

To start, WAIMEA CANYON, the 3,000-foot-deep centerpiece of KOKE‘E STATE PARK, is a premier hiking experience. One trail at the canyon ends at an 800-foot waterfall, and while strenuous, the hike will provide visitors with solitude and glimpses of exotic rainforest vegetation.

Those seeking a more ambitious expedition might attempt the 6 miles beyond WAIPO‘O FALLS to the CANYON AND KUMUWELA trails. This trip must be undertaken early in the day to guarantee a daylight return to your car.

If wading through a murky upland swamp suits your fancy, try the ALAKA‘I SWAMP TRAIL in Koke‘e State Park. The swamp is actually a mountain rainforest rising 4,000-4,500 feet above sea level. It’s a bird-lovers’ paradise that features a boardwalk.

Plan your trip before you leave, and never hike alone. Be aware that Kaua‘i’s terrain is crumbly, and rain can create treacherous conditions on any trail.

For safety tips and the most up-to-date information on Kaua‘i’s trails and conditions, contact the State of Hawai‘i Trail and Access Program at (808) 274-3433, or visit hawaiitrails.org.