Sleeping Giant Trail

Sleeping Giant Trail ©Gelston Dwight

The Coconut Coast features some of Kauai’s most Accessible Trails

Kauai’s east side offers some of Kauai’s best hiking for all ages and skill levels. The most accessible trails are around Mount Nounou, more commonly known as “Sleeping Giant” due to its easily identifiable shape. Legend has it that there once was a giant living among the ancient peoples. He helped build heiau, Hawaiian temples or ceremonial grounds, and was loved by the Hawaiians. After the giant completed a project the village had a luau, or party, in his honor. It is said that the giant ate so much; he lay down and has yet to wake up.

Kauai’s east side offers some of Kauai’s best hiking for all ages and skill levels.

There are several trails along “Sleeping Giant”, offering different lengths and strengths depending on what you would like to do. Many offer incredible views into the interior of Kauai, untouched mountains, valleys, and tropical rain-forests. The Kuamo’o Trail, and Nounou West and East Trails are about two miles long, and they join together near the top. The Kuamo’o Trail is much easier, while the Nounou West and East Trails can be a little tricky with steep inclines. But no matter which route you take you will be rewarded with excellent views when you reach the peak.

Since it is all protected land, the forests and jungles in the area are breathtaking. The Kuilau and Moalepe Trails are both excellent options to explore the area. They are approximately 2 miles and are open for pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians. The Kuilau Trail begins near the Keahua Forestry Arboretum and continues into the Lihue-Koloa Forestry Reserve. It eventually meets up with the Moalepe Trail that winds through the Kealia Forest Reserve.

A great website to visit is the official Hawaii Trail Website it offers valuable information about trails, terrain, length, difficulties, amenities, and hazards. Always hike with plenty of water, snacks, and supplies. Only hike in designated areas on marked trails. Trails are well maintained but can be slippery when muddy and wet.

An important note about camping on Kauai

Camping on the Island of Kauai is only allowed at select State and County parks and camping at either type of park requires that you obtain a permit. While these permits are very affordable, the fine for camping without one can be as high as $500. For more information about camping in a Hawaii State Park, visit the official State Parks website, and for information about camping in Kauai County parks visit the county website — both sites contain great information for campers.

Sand Bar

Kick back while enjoying refreshing tropical cocktails and stunning beachfront views at the Sand Bar at the Aston Islander on the Beach. Located poolside, the Sand Bar is the perfect spot to take in the beautiful surroundings, make new friends or simply relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. Hours: Open daily from 1:30pm-9pm. Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm daily.

Website: http://www.AstonIslander.com
Kauai Phone: (808) 822-7417
Address: Aston Islander on the Beach, 440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI 96746 :: Show on Map

Smith Family Garden Luau

Over 50 years ago, Grandpa started our family business in this sacred Wailua River Valley. We created our tropical paradise to celebrate the Hawaiian spirit of aloha that he loved and lived by. Today, four generations of my family continue to honor that tradition with the most famous of Hawaiian celebrations, the luau. We welcome you to share the traditions of our island home and become part of our ‘ohana.

Website: http://smithskauai.com/
Kauai Phone: (808) 821-6895
Address: 3-5971 Kuhio Hwy. (Wailua Marina), Wailua, HI 96746 :: Show on Map

Hotel Coral Reef

Hotel Coral Reef an island style boutique hotel located at the northern end of Historic downtown Kapaa. Featuring 16 custom designed oceanfront rooms positioned aproximately 50 feet from the waters edge along the royal coconut coast. Each guest room features a private balcony, Jacuzzi jetted bathtub with optional King bed or two queen beds, air conditioning, television, DVD player and our signature mood lighting. Guest amenities include a private swimming pool, complimentary wifi complimentary beach chairs and cooler rentals and morning refreshments and coffee service daily. Come and experience Kauai's little gem.

Website: http://www.hotelcoralreefresort.com
Kauai Phone: (808) 822-9521
:: Toll Free: 1-800-843-4659
Address: 4-1516 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Hawaii 96746 :: Show on Map