Kukui Trail

HARD 24 reviews
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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 difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

4.5 miles
2312 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers

no dogs

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

4 days ago

Beautiful hike. This is very hard. The way down is hard because it's steep but the way up is much more challenging. We only saw 3 people the whole time. Great hike to see the beauty of the canyon.

21 days ago

This was AHMAZING!!! Lightly trafficked due to the intense uphill climb. I actually thought going down was more difficult due to technicality. Beautiful sights!!!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Pretty difficult hike for beginners, aka me! Double knee replacement in 2015. Lot of elevation change, beautiful scenery, beautiful day. Will be better prepared next time, 4 1/2 hrs

3 months ago

Great hike. The trail is washed out in places and you have to figure out the way. A little slippery too. The river was pretty and we had a great time. Very strenuous.

4 months ago

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.

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9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Absolutely stunning view of the canyon, well worth the climb out! Look out for goats and rainbows!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Beautiful views. A little strenuous with kids (9 yr) on the way back up. Will be back for sure !

Monday, December 28, 2015

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

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.

Friday, October 02, 2015

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 :)