|Items needed for your hike:
*Binoculars are nice to have but not necessary.
*Hiking sticks would be nice to have on this hike.
Just past mile marker 8 on the way up to
Waimea Canyon is the trailhead and
parking area for the Kukui Trail and Iliau
Nature Loop. The nature loop is about .3
of a mile that takes you to the rim of the
canyon then winds you back to the road.
Kukui Trail winds 2000 feet down to the
canyon floor over 2.5 miles. Don’t forget
that you have to come back up Kukui
Trail so leave yourself plenty of energy.
The trial has lots of dramatic overlooks.
The sun shinning through the canyon
makes for some great photographs. The
Kukui Trail goes from being very defined
at the top, however steep and narrow at
places, to total overgrown brush the last
mile at the bottom. The trail ends at the
Wiliwili campsite and Waimea River.
This was a great hike the first 1.5 miles
for all the different canyon views. Unless
you just want to say you went to the
bottom of the canyon, I’d skip hiking
through the forest and brush. There just
wasn’t anything to look at and it was
some of the toughest walking. Our next
trip we are going to find someone to drop
us off at the top and we will hike back out
to Waimea town.