Kuamo'o Trail to Sleeping Giant (Nounou) Mountain

MODERATE 7 reviews

Kuamo'o Trail to Sleeping Giant (Nounou) Mountain is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.0 miles
1315 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


trail running



trail running
9 days ago

On a sunny day, this is a beautiful dog friendly hike - if you don't have a pup, you can take one of the ASPCA's dogs on a field trip here! There's a little bridge crossing at the start (with mosquitos), followed by a slight uphill through jungle to the 0.75mi pavilion, then mostly flat to the 2mi pine trees, and a steeper uphill with ocean and mountain vistas until you reach the top. Trail is pretty straight forward - as you near the top on the way up, stick to your right; on the way down through the pine trees, look for a big boulder on your right to indicate the LEFT hand turn by the 2mi sign that will point you back to where you started. Enjoy!

1 month ago

I was wondering why it is rated as moderate. I thought it should be easy.... until you reach the 2 mile mark. At the 2 mile mark, take a right at the big boulder. Then it inclined and that's where it starts moderate. Fantastic views of the ocean at the top. Be sure to take the small trail to the left when you reach the chin. Cool winds will blow through the small tunnel. A very good place to rest and snack. When going back down the trail, stay left to go back the way you came. If your seeing the ocean, you went the wrong way.

trail running
4 months ago

Loved the trail! So beautiful!

5 months ago

A great trail through many woods and jungle with plenty of beautiful vistas.

5 months ago

It was worth the hike. Lots of people.

6 months ago

The original poster and map doesn't even do half of this trail. The total length is over 5 miles both ways and is a wonderful way to spend your last day in paradise as the flight out isn't till 10 PM...shower at the YMCA.

9 months ago