Kukui Trail
Hawaii hikers

Covid-19 Protocols: Please wear a mask when indoors and in groups, maintain social distancing, and be respectful of others. Aloha, Hawaii State Parks

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PARK UPDATES: 12/4/21 - [OAHU] - The Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park will be CLOSED on Sunday Dec. 5, 2021 due to high surf and hazardous conditions.

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12/4/21 - [KAUAI] - The Kalalau Trail at Haena and Napali Coast remains CLOSED due to flash flooding and inclement weather.

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12/3/21 - [HAWAII] - On Sunday, Dec.5 2021, State beach parks on Hawaii Island will be CLOSED due to potential inclement weather and hazardous conditions. Parks included in this closure: Lapakahi, Hapuna Beach, Kekaha Kai, Kiholo and Kealakekua Bay. State Parks camping will also be CLOSED.

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12/3/21 - [OAHU] - The vehicular access gate for the Mokuleia Section of Kaena Point State Park is CLOSED due to heavy ponding and poor road conditions. We will continue to assess the conditions and update accordingly.

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11/5/21 - [OAHU] - The gate at the Keawaula Section of Kaena Point State Park is now OPEN on weekends from 7am to 7pm.

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4/19/21 - [ALL ISLANDS] - Entrance AND parking fees are now required for non-residents at several parks across the islands including: [KAUAI] Haena, Kokee, Waimea Canyon, [OAHU] Diamond Head, Nuuanu Pali, [MAUI] Iao Valley, Makena, Waianapanapa, and [HAWAII] Akaka Falls, Hapuna Beach.  Non-resident visitors will be required to pay for both entry and parking.

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3/1/21 - [MAUI] - Waianapanapa State Park - Entry and Parking Reservations are now required for all non-residents. For reservations go to www.gowaianapanapa.com

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.