Awini Trail

HARD 12 reviews

Awini Trail is a 22.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaau, 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.

DISTANCE
22.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9858 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

no dogs

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 There used to be settlements along the trail, which are now all abandoned and no longer active.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.

8 days ago

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

2 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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.

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6 months ago

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

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8 months ago

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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

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Friday, October 03, 2014

We only did up to Honokane Nui ridge and turn around. To hike the entire thing, you need at least 8-9 days

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Monday, December 30, 2013