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Awa'awapahi Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Length6.2 mi
Elev. Gain1300 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating8 / 10
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.

Best time to go
March to October


USGS: Haena, Makaha Point

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 8.482' N
159° 38.925' W

Contact Information:
Kokee State Park
Kilauea, Hawaii 96754

Driving Directions:
You need to drive1.5 miles from the Koke'e Lodge and Museum to reach the parking lot on the left of Awa'awapuhi Trail. The trail's parking lot falls past the mile marker 17.
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Weather Report for KOKEE, HI
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 65. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Temperature: 72.0° F
Relative Humidity: 82%
Pressure: 29.93"
Dew Point: 66.2° F

Winds from the SSW at 1.1 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Kauai High 2, Lihu?e, HI (KHILHUE3)
Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 62 to 78. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 42 to 55. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Breezy. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 58 to 74. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 45 to 58. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:21 AM
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