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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 Princeville, HI
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 68. Southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight, then becoming light late in the night. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 74.3° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.86"
Dew Point: 73.2° F

Winds from the SSE at 1.3 mph gusting to 9.4 mph

Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 6:39 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 72 to 81. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 57 to 69. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 80. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:51 PM
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