Sites Along Kuamo'o Road
There are so many great sites to see along Kuamo'o Road which turns into
Waikoko Forest Management Road just past the Keahua Forest Arboretum.
If you are looking for something to do with the Jeep you rented, (this may
void your rental agreement so please read it closely first) you can take the
road all the way to Mt Wai'ale'ale and see Blue Hole. I wouldn't recommend
a car without high clearance past the Jurassic Park Gate. (The road
condition often is very poor even for a Jeep!)
Take Highway 56 north from Lihu'e toward Wailua. After crossing the
Wailua Bridge, turn left on Kuamo'o Road at Mile Marker #6. Coco Palms is
located on the corner. The Historic Sites are on the left side of the road.
Opaeka'a Falls Lookout is approximately 1 1/2 miles. Keahua Arboretum is
approximately 8 miles.
The Coco Palms opened in 1953 and was the oldest hotel on the
Garden Isle of Kaua`i, and was the world's most famous
Polynesian resort. Elvis Presley filmed the finale of his film "Blue
Hawaii" there in 1961, immortalizing its lush coconut groves and
When Hurricane Iniki struck in September 1992, the Coco Palms
was shut down.The property, located on the southeast shore of
Kaua`i, has been left to decay now for over a decade.
Currently the Coco Palms Hotel is CLOSED.
In 2007 , Steph and I had the privalege to take a private tour of
both the grounds and inside the "Elvis" bungalow.
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|Historic Heiau's Along Kuamo'o Road|
Kalaeokamanu Heiau is on the north side of the river along
Kuamo'o Road, just beyond the old Coco Palms Hotel. Nearby are
the royal birthstones. Poli'ahu Heiau, a large war temple over an
acre in size, sits on a bluff on the north bank of the Wailua River
near Opaeka'a Falls. All the sites are listed on the state and
national registers of historic places. A series of interpretive signs
near the Poli'ahu Heiau describe archaeological sites along the river.
Located off the north branch of the Wailua River, this fall is not
accessible by river or trail. An overlook, however, off Kuamo'o
Road provides an excellent and safe viewing area. The falls are
approximately 150 tall and flow year-round.
Be sure and cross the road to the Wailua River overlook. Below
you will see kayaks and river boats which go to the Fern Grotto.
Wailua River is the only navigable river in all Hawaii.
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where Kaumualii, King of Kauai, assembled his war canoes.
Keahua Forestry Arboretum
The arboretum has monkey pod, mango, and fragrant eucalyptus
trees. Picnic tables and pavilions are scattered throughout the
area. Several streams and freshwater pools that feed into the
Wailua River flow nearby and provide a cool relaxing area to swim
There are several trails, such as the Kuilau Ridge Trail and
Powerline Trail, start or pass by here, as well as the trail through
the arboretum. This road begins your trip to Mount Waialeale and
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Just past the arboretum, the Powerline Trail is aptly named as it
follows the transmission lines that carry electricity from the power
plant in the south shore to the communities on the north shore.
Bringing you about halfway up the side of Mount Waialeale, you will
enjoy incredible vistas and waterfalls usually reserved for those
willing to fork over big bucks to take a helicopter tour. The trail is
basically a muddy road which hunters and utility crews use so be
careful. The trail is about 13 miles long and ends at the Princeville
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Complete Powerline Trail with GPS
| Water Crossing #2|
About half way to the Jurassic Gate you will come to this second
water crossing. The first time we came the water was flowing 2’
over the road. The good thing was it made us stop and look
around. There were trees towering 100’ overhead covered in vines
and ferns. There were picnic tables also set beside the stream.Two
days later on our return, the water was down and several families
were taking advantage of the cool water and having a picnic.
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Jurassic Park Gate
Our destination was the place where the huge gate of the 1993
movie Jurrasic Park was built. The road to the gate is through the
rainforest on the Waikoko Forest Management Road and is
extremely rough and rutted. Hawaii Movie Tours aptly describes
this portion of the tour. "Deep into Kauai's interior, driving thru
rivers and streams, this breathtaking journey will take you back in
time. In addition to the seclusion of this drive, you learn about and
see Kauai's rich flora."
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Blue Hole- Wai'ale'ale Crater
At the end of the road you will come to another steam. There is a
nice parking area for those who want to hike up to Blue Hole. Blue
Hole is at the base of Mt. Waialeale, which is known as one of the
wettest place on earth. 'Blue Hole' is what the locals call this spot
but is not a hole, but rather a large pool fed by two streams and a
waterfall. Blue Hole rests just outside the cylindrical cavity of an old
extinct volcano. The view before you offers 2000-foot vertical walls
draped with waterfalls. This is the spot where the waterfalls
converge into a river. The trail to Blue Hole was not very defined
and very overgrown. Along the way you will find lots of helicopters
flying above and below you at different points.
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Kuilau Ridge Trail
This two mile trail (one way) starts about 100 yards from the
Keahua Forestry Arboretum and runs along the Kuilau ridge to the
start of the Moalepe Trail (The trail changes name in the middle of a
bridge over a mountain stream). The trail starts out on a gradual
incline well maintained pathway and passes through thick forests.
The trail provides breathtaking scenery. This is one of the easiest
trails we have hiked on Kauai.You'll hike up to some picnic tables,
but keep going because after these the trail zig zags through
paradise! Wind your way past grassy hillsides, dewy bushes, white
egrets circling overhead, and lush areas of vegetation, including
fields of ferns. You'll see Mt. Wai'ale'ale in the distance, usually with
waterfalls pouring off its sides. At some points you'll catch
glimpses of Kapa'a and Lihue. At other times, you'll only hear the
waterfalls and feel the jungle breathing! The earth is alive and
pulsating on this trail.
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