Iliau Nature Trail

Waimea, Hawaii

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Waimea Canyon State Park, has recently been given a thorough renovation with shiny new signs identifying the plants along the route and adding fascinating bits of lore about each. You don’t need signs to tell you that the things growing around you are no ordinary roses and petunias, but weird and rare organisms utterly unlike anything you have ever seen. The stars of the show are the pompons-on-sticks—the iliau—that grow only here on Kaua’i. This is also good place to enjoy breathtaking views down into Waimea Canyon without cars whizzing along a highway just behind you.
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Kauai

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Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Kauai

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

Waimea Canyon State Park, has recently been given a thorough renovation with shiny new signs identifying the plants along the route and adding fascinating bits of lore about each. You don’t need signs to tell you that the things growing around you are no ordinary roses and petunias, but weird and rare organisms utterly unlike anything you have ever seen.

The stars of the show are the pompons-on-sticks—the iliau—that grow only here on Kaua’i. This is also good place to enjoy breathtaking views down into Waimea Canyon without cars whizzing along a highway just behind you.

© 2010 Suzanne Swedo /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waimea
Distance: 0.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20-30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Koke’e Museum; (808) 335-9975; www.kokee.org
Local Maps: USGS Waimea Canyon, though none is needed
Driving Directions: Directions to Iliau Nature Trail

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