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Awini Trail is a 21.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaau, Hawaii, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 21.5 mi Elevation gain 8,202 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bridge out

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

NOTE: As of September 2019, after the 3rd valley the trail entry is non existent due to land slides. You have to walk along the river and trail blaze. Advance trek for the full hardy outdoorsman. Prepare to be challenged by the elements, and to use your navigation skills with topo and compass. Enjoy the Native Hawaiian jungle with expansive views of the coast, valleys and waterfalls. This trail is part of an old government road that led to the housing for staff that used to maintained the old North Kohala Ditch. There used to be settlements along the trail, which are now all abandoned and no longer active. The only users are now DLNR staff or Natural Reserve employees and researchers, who primarily come in via helicopter or via 4WD roads from Waimea/Kamuela. This track starts from Pololu Valley, traverses Honokane Nui, Honokane Iki, Honoke'a, Honopu'e, and Waimanu Valleys; to finally reach Waipio Valley. The trek is fairly open up to Honokane Iki, but expect to bushwhack the rest of the way; with a few open areas where the natural reserve personnel are conducting studies and maintaining rain gauges. There are about 3 shelters along the way, but expect to be camping in the rain. This area is a watershed and it receives a good amount of rain year round. Overall, this trail is a tough and challenging route that will sorely test your outdoor skills.

Small public parking at Pololu Valley Lookout. No other facilities.

Take Hwy 270 east to the end of the road at Pololu Valley Lookout.

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Daniel Adams
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownScramble

This is an amazing trail with great views and varied terrain. Heading down into Honokane Nui you will use a rope line that is fairly steep. There are rocks and branches and roots to use as well. This was created after the 2006 earthquake caused a landslide to the original trail which has never been repaired. Once at the bottom, you’ll pick up the trail through the bamboo forest, across a river which is usually dry, then head up some switch backs to the top of the next ridge line. More switchbacks take you into Honokane Iki and this is a great place for a picnic and swim with a nice small secluded beach area. There are some slippery and sketchy parts along the trail heading into Iki, so be careful. Heading up the other side of Iki is sketchy but can be done. You’ll be hiking on loose lava rock covered by Hala leaves, so its very slippery and ankle breaking. Once to the top of this ridge, the trail is very overgrown and hard to follow. Some ribbons have been tied to trees to mark the path, but I still got lost before making it to the Awini Cabin this time. Last time I hiked this it was easier, and made it to the Kaukini cabin. Way more overgrown now, so be ready to bushwhack and spend hours navigating and finding your way. If you have several days to be out here, take your time and enjoy!

Mike Durham
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Emily Twidwell
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Over grownScramble

This trail gets pretty sketchy after the bench at Honokane Nui lookout. I would say trekking poles are a necessity. Many sections are right on the edge of a cliff and the terrain is that super loose, pebbly, dusty, slippy kind. I am a pretty seasoned hiker and I was pretty scared through a few spots. Found a couple walking sticks which helped tremendously. it's not too bad if you're just day hiking but with a full pack/camping gear, it's tricky. There is a small rope section descending into Honokane Nui. I recommend gloves. Bring plenty of water as the rivers in both Honokane Nui and Honokane Iki are almost dry. Definitely bring a water purification system to filter water from fresh water pools when you find them. Overall, it's a pretty challenging hike due to elevation gain and trail being really loose and slippy on the cliffs edges. Worth it though. Just be cautious and bring a friend or two. Went from Pololu to Honokane Iki. Takes about 4 hours at an eady pace with backpacking gear.

R.B. V.
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HikingClosedOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

Me and Brendan Gomera just hiked this today. After the 3rd valley the trail entry is non existent due to land slides. You have to walk along the river and trail blaze a little bit upwards until you’ll find a semi useable section back onto the trail. Parts of it have massive landslide damage but still passable. Definitely not for the faint of heart. We did make it up onto the 4th valley ridge but the trail shortly disappeared due to an overgrowth in vegetation. We’ll be back when we have more time to set up base camp in the 3rd valley to conduct trail clean up and reconstruction. We round tripped today’s 24 mile hike in just under 12 hours.

Marissa Bowman
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Hiking

I do not recommend this trail. It is overgrown and impossible to follow the path after the split off from the lookout. The wild boars have taken this trail as their own. Saw 5. Very aggressive. If you brave it barking seems to scare them ish. Also if you find a safari hat it’s mine :(

Brendan Gomera
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HikingOver grown

hiked to the third valley, but the the trail beyond that seems to be over grown and washed out by landslides...

Pierre Raybaud
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HikingOff trailRocky
Lori Lewis
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Hiking

Just wow. This is quite the amazing trek. We went through to Honokane Iki and spent some time on the second beach. It was just us and the coconuts. Getting down into the second valley requires gloves, because someone has taken the time to add rope to the most vertical portions of the hike. We noticed someone had left a few old pairs of work gloves on a small rock shelf just before the descents begin. You come to three rope sections before you hit the valley. In the valley, there is a bamboo forest that has overtaken the ruins, but you can still see the remainders of rock walls here and there. An absolutely worthy trek for the adventurous spirit!

John Eric Christensen
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Hiking

Hike much of this trail. Its got lots of great views and well worth the effort

BROOKE JAMISON
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Hiking

Beautiful views from where ever you're at, whether it be in the parking lot, 5 mins down the trail or up on the other valley.

Patrick Cartier
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Only did 5.23 miles because we lacked time to do more but I highly recommend it. Extremely steep so not accessible to everyone.

Anne Kollar
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Beautiful sights!! Start off the hike going steep grade downhill to a gorgeous black sand beach. You can stop there or follow the beach to where the path starts up again ascending to a beautiful over look.

Colin Stepney
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Hiking

Best hike on the islands, probably the best wilderness trail I have hiked outside of British Columbia. Be prepared for extreme weather and dangerous conditions.

MJ Maples
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Hiking

Take your trekking pole, very slick in steep muddy areas. We ended up using long sticks we scavenged to navigate sections

Dion Blake
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Hiking

Great hike beautiful views rugged terrain black sand beach with a small river to cross. I did not complete the whole trail this was a first time out to assess the environment and conditions in preparation for the overnight trip. I highly recommend this beautiful trail bring the appropriate foot ware as it can be quite muddy and slick in some areas. Over all it's a great hike.

Shawn Case
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Hiking
First to Review

We only did the hike down to the black beach. Well worth the trip! Another place to bring your bathing suit along!

Alejandra Martinez
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Hiking
Allen Hankla
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Mike Guy
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Hiking
Hal M.
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