Alaka‘i Wilderness Preserve
The Alaka‘i Wilderness area is a mystical rainforest
in the high plateau near Mt. Wai‘ale‘ale and is home
to some of Hawai‘i’s rarest plants and endangered
birds. On clear days, you can see breathtaking
views of Hanalei and Wainiha valleys. The park
includes nature trails and a boardwalk over marshy
terrain to explore the most interior park in Kaua‘i.
The Alaka‘i Swamp is 10 miles long and two miles
wide. Wear appropriate hiking clothes (bring a
sweater) and shoes. The boardwalk can be very
slippery, wet and muddy at times. The trail ends at
the vista of Kilohana on the edge of Wainiha Pali.
Located off Hwy 550 adjacent to Kōke‘e State Park.
Call (808) 335-9975 for weather info in Kōke‘e or
(808) 241-4463 or visit www.hawaiitrails.org.
Hanalei Valley Overlook
More than beautiful, the Hanalei Valley is mystical,
magical and substantial with spectacular vistas
and a half-mile patchwork of taro ponds. The
fertile and ancient kalo lo‘i (the flooded taro fields)
of Hanalei have fed the Hawaiians since the first
Polynesians arrived here over a thousand years ago.
Currently, it still produces most of the state’s taro
for poi, a Hawaiian staple. You can see the 900-
acre National Wildlife Refuge from the overlook.
Located on Hwy 56 in Princeville.
A National Historic Landmark, this lighthouse
had the largest clamshell lens of any lighthouse
in the world and served as a beacon since it was
built in 1913 to guide passing sea and air traffic.
The light was replaced in the 1970s with a low-maintenance light beacon. You can walk into the
lighthouse but not the lantern room. Located on
Kīlauea Lighthouse Rd. Open daily 10am-4pm.
Call (808) 828-0168.
Hawaiian Surfing Adventures
We provide quality surf instruction in beautiful
Hanalei Bay, Kauai, creating the memory of
a lifetime. What makes us stand out from the
competition? Our surf instructors are lifeguard
certified, the lessons include top of the line surf
boards and leashes/custom rash guards and our
Kīlauea Point National Wildlife
A refuge for several species of seabirds, some
nesting and some endangered, surrounds
the lighthouse. Red-footed boobies, Laysan
albatrosses, wedge-tailed shearwaters and the
magnificent frigate bird with 71/2-foot wingspan
are just some examples of birds that
can be seen at the refuge. Make
reservations for the two-hour guided
hikes through the refuge available
Monday thru Thursday. Located on
Kīlauea Lighthouse Rd. Open daily
10am-4pm. Admission is $3 per
person; children under 16 are free.
Call (808) 828-0168.
Dry and Wet Caves
Maniniholo Dry Cave is said to have been dug
out by Manini-holo, the chief fisherman of the
Menehune in search of an evil spirit who stole the
fish intended for the Menehunes. Scientifically,
sea caves are formed by ocean waves pounding
away at the lava for thousands of years. The grotto
is covered with fern and vines and is located across
Hā‘ena Beach Park off Rte. 560. Waikapala‘e Wet
Cave and Waikanaloa Wet Cave are the remains
of an ancient lava tube created by the forces
of the sea. The cold water in the caves is fed by
underground springs and the level of water
depends on the tides. The caverns are said to have
been used as a gathering place for chiefs in ancient
times. Swimming is not recommended due to
the presence of leptospirosis found in fresh water.
Wear appropriate shoes to prevent injury from the
slippery lava rock. Located western end of Rte.
560. Both wet caves are located just before mile
marker #10 on the left, past Hā‘ena Beach Park.
Parking located near the cave entrance.
instructors are all big wave riders themselves. Yet,
they know how to make sure your experience is
fun while you accomplish your goal of surfing. Call
us today at (808) 482-0749.
Beautiful botanical garden in a lush
tropical valley is used to preserve
native flora and fauna in its natural
environment. It is also home to
endangered plants. Built by early
inhabitants, you can walk through
the lava terraces and see the working
taro patches in the ancient Hawaiian
tradition. Reservations are required
for guided tours. Self-guided tours are
$15 for adults and free for children 12
and under. Wear comfortable walking
shoes; umbrellas are provided (mosquito repellant
may be necessary). Open Tues-Fri from 9:30am-
4pm. Located Rte 560 in Hā‘ena. Call (808) 826-
1053 or www.ntbg.org.
Visit us an experience the many moods of Kaua`i,
from sunny coastal shores to misty mountain bogs.
Ready to “bag a peak”? Botanize a fragrant flower?
Or snorkel a blue water reef? Let us help you
become a deep water paddler, a fledgling birder
and a seasoned sunset critic. For over quarter
century we have been safely exposing the vast
world to the beauty of out little world, the emerald
isle of Kaua’i. Contact our knowledgeable staff. We
can help answer the imponderable, inform you of
the mundane, and smooth the trail less traveled.
From surfing and stand up paddleboarding to sea
kayaks and snorkeling, we offer guided tours and
rentals. Located in Hanalei. Call (808) 826-9844 or
Nāpali Coast and State Park
The Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trek through
the spectacular Nāpali Coast. From Kē‘ē to
Hanakāpā‘ai Beach is about 2 miles. There is an
uneven trail (for the physically fit) to a waterfall
and freshwater river pool about 2 additional miles
back of the Hanakāpī‘ai Valley. The park consists
of streams, cascading waterfalls, high sea cliffs,
lush valleys and amazing views. The hike beyond
Hanakāpā‘ai can be strenuous and for experienced
hikers only. There are several campsites in the
park but make plans well in advance since permits
are limited and the wait list can be long. The
trailhead for Kalalau Trail is at the end of Hwy 56.
Call (808) 274-3444 or visit www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/
dsp/ fees.html for camping information.