Kukui Trail

HARD 32 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

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7 days ago

Great hike with beautiful canyon views and a nice swim at the bottom.

14 days ago

Unique canyon views through the hike, taking in the vastness of the Little Grand Canyon from below its walls. Look for the mile 8 road marker - there is no parking lot. Stick to the right at the start of the nature loop and look for that trail head sign to pop up quickly.
Red dirt stretches make it a dry day hike without exception. Coming back up wasn't as bad as I thought, in fact the downhill was tougher on my body. At the bottom, the river is a nice place to cool off and play on the rocks. Definitely bring bug spray for mosquitos near the bottom (when you hit jungle) and at the river. Well worth your time and effort!

24 days ago

27 days ago

Stellar. Mostly exposed to the sun and incredible canyon views for the first half on the way down, then covered under trees until the end. Don't stop at the treeline though, because the wildlife is in the woods; I saw a herd of 14 wild goats cross the trail down there. The mosquitoes at the river were vicious though--I got a dozen bites within 2 minutes and turned right around as fast as possible!

29 days ago

29 days ago

1 month 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.

1 month 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!!!

2 months ago

3 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

4 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.

5 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.

7 months ago

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10 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

Friday, June 24, 2016

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.