Kukui Trail
Hawaii hikers

UPDATE: - 12/4/20 - [OAHU] - Waahila Ridge State Recreation area is now OPEN!

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12/3/20  -  [OAHU]  - Ka’ena Point State on the Mokuleia Side is OPEN. The Keawaula Section is also OPEN but gates remain CLOSED.

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11/23/20 - [MAUI] - Iao Valley State Monument is now OPEN. Paid parking by credit card only.

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11/3/20 - [HAWAII] - Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is now OPEN however restroom services are limited to portable toilets due to a recent water main break.

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10/13/20 - New Park Fees Are In Effect! - Diamond Head State Monument remains CLOSED until further notice.

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9/24/20 - [OAHU] - Starting Sept. 24th  groups of five people will be allowed in OPEN State Parks, as well as, State Beaches and Trails.  Canopy-type structures are not permitted at this time at State parks, beaches and trails.

Kukui Trail

4/17/20 - COVID-19 rules: The Kukui Trail is open for hiking, so long as social distancing requirements are adhered to. The trail may be accessed by transiting Waimea Canyon State Park, which remains closed, including all lookouts. No lingering allowed within park areas.

Group hiking on State trails is not allowed, unless all participants are part of a single residential or family unit sharing the same address. People who want to hike alone, but who want to have another person nearby for safety reasons, are required to maintain a distance of not less than 20-feet from each other.

Trail Length 2.5 miles (one way)
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Difficult
Terrain None
Elevation Gain 2,240 ft
Park Name Waimea Canyon State Park

Route

The trail starts along Highway 550, about 0.75 miles beyond the 8-Mile Marker. Kukui Trail is a scenic trail down the west side of Waimea Canyon. It makes a 2,000 ft. elevation drop to the canyon floor ending at the Wiliwili Camp site administered by the Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

Additional Info

  • Camping by permit only.
  • There is no permitted camping for commercial purposes.