Exit airport on Hwy 570 (Ahukini
Rd) & go approx. 1.5 mi. to Hwy 56 (Kuhio Hwy)
Turn Left onto Hwy 56 (heading for
Go short way to merger with Hwy 50
Take Hwy 50 (right side) & go
approx. 17 mi. to Hanapepe Town
Park in public parking lot at beginning
A time-frozen still life of vintage
false-front buildings housing everything from art studios
to restaurants. Walk across the suspended wooden swinging
footbridge - a shortcut across the river back of town.
KAUAI VISITOR & TECHNOLOGY CENTER (WAIMEA TOWN)
- Kauai Visitor & Technology Center (right side)
Leave from Hanapepe public parking
lot at beginning of town
Turn Right onto Hanapepe Road &
go short way (0.2 mi.) through town to Iona Road (left
side - at bridge)
Turn Left onto Iona Road & go
short way (0.1 mi.) to Hwy 50 (heading west to Waimea)
Turn Right onto Hwy 50 & go 6.5
mi. through historic Waimea Town to the West Kauai Visitor
& Technology Center (at Waimea Canyon Drive - right
Park in the Center's parking lot
The West Kauai Visitor Center bridges
the Science & Technology and Visitor communities through
its state of the art facility, utilizing interactive multi
media presentations capable of portraying the many facets
of Kauai and it's people. The Center offers the visitor exhibits,
videos, and demonstrations that rediscover Kauai's past.
Note: Open M-F 9-4 & Sat.9-1, tel. 338-1332. Self-guided
maps of Historic Waimea town. Free guided Historic Waimea
Walking Tour (Mondays only at 9:30 am). For a guided Walking
Tour of an Old Waimea Sugar Plantation call 337-1005. Restrooms.
Leave West Kauai Visitor & Technology
Center parking lot
Turn Left onto Waimea Canyon Drive
Go 10.2 mi. to Waimea Canyon Lookout
3,400 feet elevation. Most expansive
view of the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". An awesome
vista. The Canyon is about one-mile wide, ten miles long,
and 3700 feet deep with other canyons branching off. Look
out for the wild chickens!
Continue 3.2 mi. to Puu Hinahina
Lookout (past MM13)
3,500 feet elevation. 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.
Note: Hawaii's State bird, the endangered Nene (Hawaiian
Goose), is now becoming well established on Kauai and is often
seen in Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park (except
during their nesting period from Fall to late Spring). Please
don't feed the Nene - help to keep them wild.
Continue short way (0.4 mi.) to Kokee
State Park Entrance
Commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed
Kalalau Valley. Hiking in native rain forest and along the
rim of the Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring
forest reserves. Excellent area for study of native plants,
forest birds and insects.
Note: Picnicking, tent camping and trailer camping
with State Parks permit, and lodging. Kokee Natural History
Museum serves as the interpretive center for the park. Before
hiking, please get directions & current trail conditions
at the Museum. Guided hikes, seminars, workshops, residencies,
special events. Book & craft shop. Free admission (donations
welcomed). Tel. 335-9975. Food at Kokee Lodge. Restrooms.
Canyon State Park & enter Kokee State Park
Go 3.9 mi.
from Kokee State Park Entrance to Kalalau Valley Overlook
4,120 feet elevation.
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 bird watching opportunities
in the early morning.
Note: If there is cloud cover over Kalalau Valley -
don't despair - check back some minutes later and good chance
it will be gone! Please don't feed the Nene. Stop by the Kokee
Natural History Museum & obtain their form to report your
Nene sightings. Restrooms.
Valley Overlook & continue
1 mi. to Puu O Kila Lookout
4,176 foot elevation.
Wonderful view into the Kalalau Valley and across the Alakai
Swamp to Mt. Waialeale ( the wettest spot on earth with over
440 inches of rain a year - that's 37 feet!). One of the greatest
views in the Pacific. Excellent bird watching in the early
Note: As at Nov. 30/03, this 1 mile section of
road to the Lookout is temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.
The overlook is well worth the 1 mile walk.
Go West on Hwy 50 for 6.6 mi. to
dirt road (left side)
Turn Left onto dirt road & go
approx. 5 miles on dirt road to Polihale State Park
One of the widest
beaches in the State, backed by extensive sand dunes. Site
of Hawaii's famous Barking Sands (the noises emitted by the
sands when they are agitated sound like the barking of a dog).
Scenic setting, colorful sunsets and good views of the high
sea cliffs of the Na Pali Coast.
Note: Picnicking, tent camping and trailer camping
with State Parks permit. Restrooms.
Caution: Dirt road to beach is extremely rough. 4WD
highly recommended. Driving on dirt road violates your rental
car agreement. High surf, particularly during the winter and
spring, generates dangerous water conditions. Swimming in
summer only. Beach is unguarded and its waters can be extremely
Turn Right onto Hwy 50 & go 2.1
mi. to Lele Road (just past Mile Marker 17 - before reaching
Turn Right onto Lele Road & go
short way (0.4 mi.) to Lokokai Road
Turn Right onto Lokokai Road &
go short way (0.6 mi.) to beach park (beyond Veterans
Adjacent to the only functioning Salt
Ponds in the Hawaiian Islands - where the ancient Hawaiian
process of producing rock salt by evaporating seawater is
still practiced. Swimming conditions are normally safe except
during periods of high surf. Good snorkeling area and a popular
surfing and windsurfing site.
Note: Lifeguard services. Picnic tables, pavilion,
showers, camping with County permit. Restrooms.
Sign - Kauai Coffee Visitor
Center (Hwy 50 & 540 - Right Side)
Pond Beach Park & return approx. 1 mi. to Hwy 50
Turn Right onto Hwy 50 & continue
approx. 1.5 mi. to Hwy 540 (right side - just past Eleele)
Turn Right onto Hwy 540 & go
approx. 1 mi. to Kauai Coffee Company Visitor Center
coffee estate growing 100% arabica on 3,400 acres. The first
coffee plantation in the Islands was established near here
over 150 years ago. The Visitor Center contains photographs
and video explaining modern coffee production.
Note: Open daily 9-5. Free coffee tasting. Gift shop.
Tel. 335-0813. Restrooms.