Awaawapuhi Trail

Waimea, Hawaii 96796

Awaawapuhi Trail

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike descends to the edge of the sheer cliffs and razor-edged ridges of the Nualolo and Awaawapuhi Valleys. There are inspiring panoramas of the steep, 3000-foot vertical cliffs to the isolated Na Pali coast, accessible only by water.

This trail can be combined with the Nualolo Trail for a 9-mile loop hike. The two trails are connected by the Nualolo Cliffs Trail, a 2.2 mile connector trail that follows the rim of Nualolo Valley."

Awaawapuhi Trail Trip Reports

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2/1/2009
Great trail, amazing views, and a little work if you go out and back. One way to go is start at the Nualolo Trail, cut across the Nualolo Cliffs Trail and come up the Awaawapuhi Trail. It will take you 8 hours for the entire trip.
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7/21/2005
This was the last hike that my husband and I did on Kauai and the views were amazing!! The hike was a little tricky since it was basically all downhill on the way out and coming back it was all uphill. When we arrived at the end of the trail on the way out we hiked as far out as was possible and this narrow path with the massive drops down on each side and out into the ocean was just fantastic! We have some fabulous pictures from that hike, they all look kind of technicolor and fake but that is really how it was!
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1/3/2004
Great out-and-back hike for anyone. Starts right at the road. An enjoyable 1-2 hours. Gradual descent into the forest. Not too many views in the beginning, but the cool shade protects you from the hot sunshine. Before the trail descends down to the Nualolo Clifs trail (connecting you to Nualolo Trail), we turned off the trail to a perfect lunch spot on some rocks. We especially liked the views west into Nualolo Valley with the steep cliffs overlooking the distant Na Pali coast.
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9/10/2002
One of the most beautiful places on earth awaits you at the end of this hike. My wife and I did this in 1986. Fog choked the trail to the cliffs initially, but clouds mostly cleared for the stunning finish. You can hardly believe the color, the dramatic landforms, the sense of space. Only drawback was humidity of the hike and the sounds of helicoptors (in 1986). Don;t know if it is better or worse.
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Amazing is all you can say about the views of the coastline on this trail. It is best to take the trail early in the morning. The clouds tend to come in in the early afternoon which will hide the breathtaking views.
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Trail Information

Waimea
Nearby City
6.5
Distance
1,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
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