The Awa'awapuhi trail passes through a forest rich in widespread Hawaiian plants and trees. Ending at an open ridge at 2500 feet, the trail provides excellent views of the sea cliffs and hanging valleys falling to the Pacific Ocean.
Start the trail from the left side of the parking lot and within half a mile you will descend to reach the upper slopes of Awa'awapuhi Valley. While descending you will experience a distinct change in the forest pattern - the vegetation will change from tall trees to bushes and after a mile of descend, the flora changes from green to a drier pattern. Continue through the bushy places for a 2.5-mile sliding hike to get the first views of the Awa'awapuhi Valley dropping in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. You will find the Nualolo Cliff Trail at the 3-mile marker. The Nualolo Cliff Trail goes left but you need to turn right at 3 miles to reach the Awa'awapuhi lookout.