Kauai Hiking Tips:

  • Always tell someone where you are hiking, when you plan to hike and when you will be returning
  • Never hike alone
  • Get information about the trail and learn your route before you start
  • Know your level of fitness and pick a trail that matches your fitness level
  • Check weather conditions
  • Wear proper clothing. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended as well as a light jacket.  Kauai’s weather can change quickly
  • Wear proper shoes.  Hiking boots offer traction and ankle support.  Kauai’s trails are muddy and slippery and can cause injury.

Popular Hiking Trails

Kauai offers many hiking trails throughout the island.  These are a few of the popular hiking trails.

North Shore:

Haena – Hanakapiai Trail

Haena – Kalalau Trail (on the Na Pali Coast)

East Side:

Wailua – Sleeping Giant Trail

Wailua – Moalepe Trail

South Shore:

Poipu – Mahaulepu Heritage Coastal Trail

West Side:

Waimea Canyon – Waimea Canyon Trail

Kokee State Park – Pihea Trail, Alakai Swamp

Kokee State Park – Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon

For more information on these trails and more visit, the Kauai Explorer website or visit the Kauai State Parks website.

Kauai Explorer


Experience a free cultural and historical presentation of Kaua'i with General Manager Ron during your stay at the Kauai Palms Hotel.  Plus receive a free memento (while supplies last).