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Iliau Nature Loop

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Length0.3 mi
Elev. Gain40 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
This trail is for nature lovers who would love to study some of the most endangered species of Hawaiian plants.

You can start your trail in both the left or right directions. Start your journey from the left and walk up to the first marker where you will find the Pukiawe shrub, which has many medicinal uses. You carry on your hike under the shade of the large Koa trees. As you move on, you will reach the Uki plant.

The trail moves slightly towards the right and you will find a number of local Hawaiian plants like the A'ali'i bush. Continue going on the path and you will cross the Kukui Trail junction and find the Kawelu grass. When you come to the end of the trail you will find yourself at Iliau. Iliau is generally less crowded and you get a fantastic view of the Waimea canyon.

Best time to go
Throughout the year


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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 3.096' N
159° 39.588' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive from Waimea by taking Hwy. 550 and stop before the 9-mile marker. Park on the side of the road and you will find the trailhead sign on the right.
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Weather Report for Waimea, HI
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows 58 to 70. East winds up to 10 mph shifting to the northwest in the late evening and overnight. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Temperature: 66.0° F
Relative Humidity: 100%
Pressure: 29.95"
Dew Point: 66.0° F

Winds from the North at -9999.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph


Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from Aliomanu Estates, Anahola, HI (KHIANAHO2)
Partly sunny. Breezy. Showers likely in the morning, then chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 69 to 82. North winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 46 to 61. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 65 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 49 to 64. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:17 AM
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