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.

Luau Makaiwa

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian and Polynesian culture at this memorable Kauai luau, held at a beautiful oceanfront location at the Courtyard Kauai at Coconut Beach in Kapa'a. Fronting the ancient royal surfing grounds, Luau Maka'iwa is more than just a traditional Hawaiian luau – it is a fascinating musical and culinary journey of the Hawaiian Islands and greater Polynesia.

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Toll Free: 800-763-0120
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Hukilau Lanai Restaurant

Our mission is to create and serve delicious, consistent food focusing on local fish, farms, and products. Our menu features Kauai & Neighbor Island products & produce, along with foods made from scratch in our kitchen. Hukilau Lanai: Literal Meaning: Huki = pull lau = leaves, specifically, ki (ti) leaves. Lanai = porch or deck. Cultural Meaning: This is an old Hawaiian way of fishing, involving casting a long net from the shore, then enlisting a large group to help to pull it in. The net is lined with ki (ti) leaves which help scare fish toward the middle of the net. Through teamwork we deliver quality products & excellent customer service while serving the best fresh island fish and other unique and special local products in our open air and lanai restaurant.

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Kauai Phone: (808) 822-0600
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Papaya's Natural Foods & Cafe

The locals all know that if you’re looking for the biggest selection and best variety of natural-organic-local-non gmo food and products, you’ll find it at Papaya’s. Whether you are new to organic food, been a health nut for years, or just hungry, they’ll treat you like family and help you find what you are looking for or discover something new. Groceries, produce, refrigerated & frozen, bulk, unique gifts, vitamins, bodycare, beer and wine & lots of Aloha! Papaya’s Café has the best local Fish tacos, a vegetarian salad bar, hot soup and sandwiches, taro burgers, smoothies and breakfast burritos to go!

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Kauai Phone: (808) 823-0190
Address: 4-831 Kuhio Hwy B-8, Kapaa, HI 96746 :: Show on Map