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Nu'alolo Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Length7.6 mi
Elev. Gain2000 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The Kuia Natural Reserve Area covers 1636 acres and houses many rare species of plants.

You start your trail with an ascent of 300 feet on the Kaunuohua Ridge and at 1/4 mile you enter the Kuia Natural Area Reserve. Then you start descending through a dense forest. The trail becomes narrow and you continue to descent till you reach 2 miles where you will have the first views of the Mahanaloa and Kuia valleys.

After crossing another 3.25 miles, you will reach a junction, with the Anaki Hunter Trail on the left and the Nualolo trail on the right. Take the trail on your right and descend to the Nualolo Cliff Trail junction another 3.5 miles ahead. After another 0.8 mile of ascent, you will reach the Lolo Vista lookout. After coming out of the lookout, turn left when you go back to the Nualolo Cliff junction. After covering another half-mile, you will reach an open picnic area. You will reach the open Awa'awapuhi lookout if you travel a quarter mile left of the Awa'awapuhi Trail junction.

Best time to go
March to October


USGS: Haena, Makaha Point

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 7.75' N
159° 39.578' W

Contact Information:
Kokee State Park
Kilauea, Hawaii 96754

Driving Directions:
Park your car at the Koke'e Museum parking lot and start the trail from the right of Koke'e Road some 50 yards behind the lot.
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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: 72.1° F
Relative Humidity: 81%
Pressure: 29.94"
Dew Point: 66.0° F

Winds from the SSW at 2.0 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 0:08 AM
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