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Kauai "The Garden Isle," is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands. Kaui is a lush, tropical island that offers stunning landscapes ranging from oceanside cliffs to the largest canyon in the Pacific. Hiking is a great way to explore other islands in Hawaii (Big Island, Maui, or Oahu) as well.

Ultimate adventure excursions for your Kauai vacation include the Kalalau Trail along the Na Pali Coast and the Kukui Trail into Waimea Canyon. Part of the spectacular Na Pali Coast (rugged 2000 ft. cliffs traversing 5 valley) can be explored as a day trip. Trekking beyond Hanakapi'ai Beach requires a permits. This is a popular trip and permits are often booked a year in advance. The Kukui Trail is a great way to explore Waimea Canyon, the largest in the pacific.

You can easily guide yourself on Kauai trails, especially if you are an experienced hiker. Alternatively, there are guided hawaii hiking tours available. An advantage to taking a guided Kauai hiking tour is that they can be educational... and you can support the local economy at the same time.

Please note that the Hawaii Sierra Club advises women not to hike or camp alone on Kauai.

Kauai Hikes - North Shore
Moderate
      Hanalei-Okolehao (2.3 miles)
Difficult
      Na Pali Coast - Kalalau Trail - day trip
      Na Pali Coast - Kalalau Trail - backpacking trip
      Kukui Trail into Waimea Canyon (2.5 miles) more
      Milolii Vista (3.5 miles)

Kauai Hikes - East Side
Easy
      Kuamoo (2 miles)
Moderate
      Kuilau (2.1 miles)
      Moalepe (2.5 miles)
      Nounou-East (2.1 miles)
Difficult
      Nounou-West (1.5 miles)
      Powerline Trail (11.2 miles)

Kauai Hikes - West Side
Easy
      Iliau Nature Loop (0.3 miles)
     Kawaikoi Stream (1.8 miles)
      Poomau Canyon Lookout (0.3 miles)
Moderate
      Koaie Canyon (3 miles)
      Maile Flats (2.5 miles)
      Nualolo Cliffs (2.1 miles)
      Pihea Trail (3.8 miles)
      Waimea Canyon Trail (11.5 miles)
Difficult
      Alakai Swamp Trail (3.5 miles)
      Awaawapuhi (3.1 miles)
      Makaha Road (2.5 miles)
      Mohihi-Waialae Route (4 miles)
4WD roads
      Kauhao Ridge Road (5 miles
      Kaaweiki Road (4.3 miles)
      Polihale Ridge Road (5.3 miles)
      Haeleele Ridge Road (6.5 miles)
      Lapa Ridge Road (3.5 miles)
      Papaalai-Mana Ridge Road (8 miles)

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