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ALEKOKO (MENEHUNE FISHPOND) OVERLOOK
From Lihue, follow Rice Street which becomes Waapa Road (Hwy 51) toward Nawiliwili Harbor. At the junction with Nawiliwili Road (Hwy 58), take Nawiliwili Road toward the bay to Niumalu Road. Turn left and go to Hulemalu Road Lookout.
(Lihue-Kalapaki)
A 900-foot fishpond said to be the handiwork of the mythical menehunes (Hawaiian elves) who built it in one night 1,000 years ago. Great view of Nawiliwili Harbor and mountains. Interesting site with interpretive signs constructed, in part, by high school students.

HAENA STATE PARK
End of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56), Haena.
(North Shore)
Scenic wildland park offering spectacular views of Na Pali Coast, swimming at Kee Beach, and includes:
  • WAIKANALOA AND WAIKAPALAE WET CAVES:
    Viewing of wet caves - ancient sea caves formed during a higher stand of the sea, probably 4,000 years ago. The openings to the caves resemble frogs' mouths, and the water is liquid crystal. Legend has it they were dug by the Fire Goddess, Pele.
  • KAULUAPAOA HEIAU AND KEAHUALAKA PLATFORM
    Located at Kee at end of Kuhio Highway; access along shoreline trail from Kee Beach. These adjacent sites are both associated with the traditions of hula and the legends of Pele, her sister Hiiaka, and her lover Lohiau. Breathtaking views including offshore Lehua Island.

HANALEI VALLEY SCENIC OVERLOOK
Just past the Princeville turn off on Highway 56 (Kuhio Hwy), Hanalei.
(North Shore)
Beautiful sweeping vistas of Hanalei Valley and the sea, especially at sunset. A National Wildlife Refuge for endangered waterfowl - where most of the taro in Hawaii is grown. On July 30, 1998, the Hanalei River which starts high on the slopes of Mount Waialeale and flows over 16 miles through Hanalei Valley to Hanalei Bay, was designated as an American Heritage River, one of only 14 rivers nationwide selected to receive this classification.

HANAPEPE VALLEY OVERLOOK
Located halfway between Kalaheo and Port Allen on Highway 50 (Kaumualii Hwy), just after Mile Marker 14.
(West Side)
A remarkable panorama of a classic Hawaiian valley, much of it still planted in taro. An ancient Kauai battleground.

KILAUEA POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Located on the northernmost tip of Kauai. From Lihue drive north on Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56) for approximately 23 miles to the town of Kilauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kilauea Road to the Refuge entrance.
(North Shore)
Tel. (808) 828-1413
One of the most spectacular sections of shoreline in the Hawaiian Islands. One of the best places on the main Hawaiian islands to view the nesting colonies of Central Pacific seabirds against a dramatic backdrop of steep cliffs plunging to the ocean. Built in 1913, Kilauea Lighthouse stands as a monument to Hawaii's colorful past - placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The Visitor Center features interpretive displays and dioramas about native Hawaiian habitats and wildlife. Bookstore. Admission charge. Call (808) 828-0168.

KING KONG'S PROFILE
As you drive north of Anahola on Highway 56 (Kuhio Hwy), look back at Mile Marker 16.
(East Side)
A striking resemblance to King Kong - the remake was filmed here in 1976. To the right of the Profile is a small hole in the mountain called - would you believe - Hole-In-The-Mountain!

KOKEE STATE PARK
Located 15 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Hwy 550); adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park.
(West Side)

  • PUU O KILA LOOKOUT
    The Puu O Kila lookout is at the end of the road in Kokee State Park, at the 4,176 foot elevation (past Mile Marker 18).
    Wonderful view into the Kalalau Valley and across the Alakai Swamp to Mt. Waialeale - the wettest spot on earth (it means Rippling Water), with more than 440 inches of rain a year (that's 37 feet!). One of the greatest views in the Pacific. Excellent birdwatching in the early morning.


  • KALALAU VALLEY LOOKOUT
    The Kalalau Valley Lookout is just before the end of the road in Kokee State Park, at the 4,120 feet elevation (at Mile Marker 18).
    One of the most spectacular sights in all of Hawaii. Lasers of sunlight illuminate the green-cloaked mountains plummeting down to the sea far, far below. Excellent birdwatching opportunities in the early morning.

MANINIHOLO DRY CAVE
Across from Haena Beach County Park on Highway 56.
(North Shore)
A grotto of trees and jungle of vines - an ancient sea cave allegedly dug by the mythical menehune (Hawaiian elves). This is a dry cave without water.

POLIHALE STATE PARK
End of 5-mile long dirt road from Mana Village, off Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50).
(West Side)
Scenic setting, colorful sunsets and good views of the high sea cliffs of Na Pali Coast. Hot, dry area with large sand beach backed by dunes. Swimming in summer if sea is calm, picnicking, tent camping and trailer camping. Picnic shelters. 137.7 acres.

QUEEN VICTORIA'S PROFILE
Along the Kaumualii Highway (Hwy 50) at Puhi.
(Lihue-Kalapaki)
A scenic overlook turnout affords a view of the famous English monarch fashioned by nature on the ridge of the Hoary Head Mountains to the south.

SLEEPING GIANT
Visible along Highway 580 running inland from Wailua and Highway 56 toward Kapaa.
(East Side)
The mountains behind Wailua form a natural sculpture of a giant in repose. This giant and his green cover are part of the Nounou Forest Reserve. The giant is expected to wake up any time (maybe during your visit).

SPOUTING HORN
Located at Lawai Bay, Poipu on Lawai Road.
(South Shore)
A lava tube that extends into the sea with its open mouth on the rocky shore - blowing high spumes of water. A unique blow hole because another hole adjacent to the waterspout emits a "whooshing" sound followed by a low moan, sounding like a "horn".

TUNNEL OF TREES
Five miles west of Lihue heading for Koloa on Maluhia Road (Hwy 520).
(South Shore)
A stand of 500 rough-bark Eucalyptus Robustus, or "swamp mahogany" shading over a mile of a narrow country lane.

WAILUA RIVER STATE PARK
(East Side)

  • WAILUA FALLS
    At the end of Maalo Road (Hwy 583), beyond Kapaia at Mile Marker 3.
    The double Falls tumble 80 feet over a severe cliff into a large round pool. Tough and steep trail down to the Falls - exercise caution. One of Hawaii's most beautiful cascades - featured on Fantasy Island.


  • OPAEKAA FALLS LOOKOUT
    An overlook on Kuamoo Road (Hwy 580) at Wailua.
    Cascading into the Wailua River - these lacy Falls flow year round - a Wailua landmark.

  • FERN GROTTO
    Boat excursions depart from the Marina - fee charged.
    An unusual fern-covered cave set in a tropical garden - reached by a riverboat cruise along the lush river valley.

WAIMEA CANYON STATE PARK
11.1 miles north of Kekaha on Kokee Road (Hwy 550); adjoins Kokee State Park.
(West Side)
Rim overlooks one of the State's scenic treasures - the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon.

  • WAIMEA CANYON LOOKOUT
    Along Waimea Canyon State Park Road at 3,400 feet elevation, past Mile Marker 10.
    Most expansive view of the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". An awesome vista. Look out for the wild chickens!

  • PUU HINAHINA
    Along Waimea Canyon State Park Road at 3,500 feet elevation, past Mile Marker 13.
    Best views down the Canyon toward the ocean. The view of Niihau is great on a clear day. Excellent chance to view native forest birds.

  • PUU KAPELE LOOKOUT
    Along Waimea Canyon State Park Road at 3,500 feet elevation, past Mile Marker 13.
    Waipoo waterfall is seen tumbling off the valley across the canyon after a heavy rain, especially in the winter.

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