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          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!)

                                          DIRECTIONS:
    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.
Coco Palms Kauai

                    Coco Palms
    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
    picturesque lagoons.

    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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Kauai Heiaus, Condos In Kauai
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.

Opaekaa Falls, Condos In Kauai

                 Opaeka'a Falls
    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.

    You will also see the Kamokila Hawaiian Village. It was also the place
    where Kaumualii, King of Kauai, assembled his war canoes.

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Keahua Forestry Arboretum, Condos In Kauai
                     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
    and frolic.

    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
    Blue Hole.

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Powerline Trail, Condos In Kauai

                  Powerline Trail

    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
    Ranch Stables.

                
South View                   North View    

                
Complete Powerline Trail with GPS
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             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
                                  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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Mt Waialeale
                   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
Kuilau Ridge Trail Web Page
                                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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Last Updated Feb 2010