Kukui Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.
An incredible experience of Waimea Canyon's west side, this Kokee State Park trail drops 2,000 feet to the canyon floor. Travel through a forest of Kukui and other upland trees stopping at viewpoints of the canyon and distant waterfalls along the way. River at the bottom. Camping by permit at Wiliw
Incredible views most of the way but a disappointment to end up at the river which has a swift current. Difficult getting back out but still nice views coming back. Loose gravel so a hiking pole would be recommended.
Good workout but not what description says. There is no waterfall at the bottom, only the river, which was ok but not worth the long hard hike back up. Better views from Waimea lookout
So hard coming back out ! There's a long steep washed out area that is pretty grueling especially when the sun is hot. It was a challenge for me.
Absolutely stunning view of the canyon, well worth the climb out! Look out for goats and rainbows!
It was hard but it is definitely worth the view and once you get to the bottom you can go swimming in the river, I did it was a nice and refreshing for the hike back up
Beautiful views. A little strenuous with kids (9 yr) on the way back up. Will be back for sure !
I agree with the previous comments while the risk of slipping and falling to your death is low (comparatively), you do lose a lot of elevation in the first half which means you have to gain it all back. The views are beautiful and on the way up you feel like you've burned off thousands of calories. It is a lot of effort though, so keep that in mind with water.
This trail isn't easy especially since the first 2.5 miles there is no shade. Bring lots of water and start at sunrise or late afternoon. It is straight down and back up. The stars in the canyon are unbelievable :)
I should add that this is marked as "easy" which is probably referencing the small "nature loop" near the trail head. The actual Kukui trail is certainly in the "difficult" category.
2.5 miles down to the river and other trails. (2000 foot elevation loss.) Steep, not much shade and very challenging. Bring lots of water. Crazy beautiful view, better than any canyon lookout point.