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Hanalei 'Okolehao Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Length2.5 mi
Elev. Gain450 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
Okolehao was originally a Hawaiian liquor made from the roots of ti (ki in Hawaiian) plants. You can see some ti plants along the trail. This trail winds through the Hanalei Valley, Hanalei Bay and the Kauai coastline and gives almost a 360-degree view of the Kaukaopua Ridge. You will get access to the trail from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service parking area which is off Ohiki Road in Hanalei Valley.

Start the trail on a broad muddy road and keep climbing. After a 1-mile elevation you will reach an open plateau from where you can see the Hanalei Bay and the broad Hanalei River passing through green taro fields. You will find a power line tower to your left on the plateau and see the Hanalei town below and the Na Pali coastline to the left. Turn left and the trail leads you straight into the forest rich in different types of native orchids. Keep going for another 1-mile to find you in a lush and shady tropical forest full of tropical pines. The trail turns left and cuts through the forest till it parallels to the Na Pali Coast. At 1.3 miles you will reach the second open plateau and get the best Hanalei views.

Best time to go
Throughout the year


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 12.102' N
159° 28.355' W

Driving Directions:
Turn left after crossing the Hanalei Bridge which is 1 mile from Princeville and reach Ohiki Road. Then you need to drive another 1/2 mile to the lot on left and reach the trail head which is across the street.
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Weather Report for Princeville, HI
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 71 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 63.4° F
Relative Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 29.88"
Dew Point: 54.0° F

Winds from the NNW at 2.1 mph gusting to 6.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:06 AM
Sunset: 7:04 PM
Weather reported from Koloa Estates, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA5)
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 54 to 67. East winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light, then becoming east around 10 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 73 to 83. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 57 to 70. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 74 to 84. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:57 AM
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