Awa'awapuhi Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
One of the best hikes of my life! Incredible views, absolutely stunning! Did it twice on the same trip and would do it again!
First half going down can be very tricky with the slick mud. The last mile to the lookout is much steeper and narrower than the first 2 miles, so be mindful of your footing if you are less experienced.
Despite the mostly uneventful hike down, you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views you are likely to see in your life. If you dare, hike down past the 'hazardous cliff' sign to the outcropping, and even beyond to the spine of the ridge for the best view. Do not underestimate the risk in doing this though; it is literally a 2,000+ foot fall on both sides of a 12" wide path, so do not even attempt it if you are not feeling absolutely confident.
Hiking back up is pretty strenuous for the steep section (~1 mile), but once you pass that, it's a pretty steady ~8-10% grade back to the lot. All in all, an incredible hike, with an unparalleled view.
It was alright going in, minor slipping on wet leaves & felt monotonous at some points. Luckily the trees turned to ferns and to (edible) pineapple & strawberry & standard guava trees and thimble berry bushes. The views are gorgeous. I have a knee injury and did not go in with a stick but came out with one. If I didn't have it, I'd be in trouble. it was an uphill battle. Then again, I saw people running up.
EPIC VIEW! The helicopters fly BELOW you as you're standing inches from a several thousand foot vertical drop. Not for the faint of heart. Don't miss! So worth it.
A wonderful trail, with fantastic views at the end. The tough part is that it is all downhill to get to the views and all uphill on the way back. All in all a good trail, shaded for the most part, and doable for most people. For reference it is 3.25 miles each way, they have distance markers for you.
I made the hike there in about a hour. it was a glorious view. For best views you have to walk out a little ways.
a well worn trail, lots of mud the first .25mi. not many views along the way, but the pay off at the end of the trail is worth seeing.
Well worth it!
We went in June but it was still pretty muddy. I'd agree with others that have said the mud is slick and sticky in spots, but the view at the bottom is amazing. I almost feel like if you are not able to do the longer, more difficult Napali hikes, this might be a good substitute... but know your fitness level before starting, getting out is hard if you're not in great condition, especially if its muddy. Its a peaceful hike though, lots of forest and quiet, beautiful.
Easy peasy on the way down. Hiking back up was strenuous. What a beautiful view at the bottom of the hike.