Kalalau Lookout

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Kalalau Lookout
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zinear
Washington DC, DC278 contributions
Time in Hawaii is limited for most of us. Even so, I highly recommend making the drive to see this lookout. (There are many other beautiful ones along the way that I would highly recommend as well.) That said, if your time is limited, prioritize this one. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and whenever people ask me about my trip to Kauai or Hawaii, this is one of the places I always mention. The pictures can never do it justice; you have to see it in person. Highly recommended.
Written July 4, 2022
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Rodney B
Waukesha, WI1,115 contributions
Friends
This is a great place to stop for a nice view of the Kalalau/Napali coast from above. We have often seen rainbows here. Great spot for pictures. There us a $10/vehicle & $5/person fee that is laid at a self kiosk and gives you access to anywhere in the park for one day. Beautiful views!
Written June 6, 2022
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Andy L
Allen, TX1,100 contributions
Couples
Always a spectacular view of such a wonderful and sacred valley in Kauai. The lighting changes throughout the day with mid-morning and sunset as the best viewing. You are potentially and often in the clouds and can get skunked with the clouds obscuring the valley below. Sometimes, it’s worth waiting for 30 minutes and things can sometimes clear up. The scenery is very dynamic with the clouds.
Written June 6, 2021
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Laura L
Hudson, NH1,000 contributions
Couples
You pay $10 per car and $5 pp at a parking lot kiosk, which is good for all your stops, and it’s WELL worth it.

We ended up doing an “off grid” hike from this spot that was one od the highlights of our entire trip, albeit sketchy. :)

Great spot for a picnic lunch and a top notch view of the valley!
Written October 11, 2021
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TheBoujCrew
Tempe, AZ621 contributions
I will always be SOO grateful for the reviews that I read. Someone recommended driving straight to Kalalau Lookout (the top of Waimea Canyon) then stop at various points on your way down. This helps you avoid the crowd, as many people stop on their way up. Plus, it is SO serene and peaceful to visit Kalalau with not many people there. There were still a few people when we arrived (not entirely secluded), but I am grateful. Many offered to take photos of one another. One gentleman also instructed us to just wait for the fog to clear - which was great. So, if you get up here and can't see much, the fog may clear eventually. It took maybe 5-10 minutes for us. However, once the dense fog moved in, it didn't really clear. Many people started their hikes from here, we were not prepared to hike this day, so we didn't get to check it out!

There is plenty of parking here along with a restroom. There was toilet paper in the stalls, but most of the public "parks" in Hawaii have stalls, toilet paper and a faucet, but no soap. Pu'u O Kila Lookout is just around the corner from here, so worth a stop if you're already up there!
Written April 13, 2022
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KD0608
New Jersey149 contributions
Family
This is THE spot that defines Kauai for me. It is absolutely breathtaking. On our trip this time it was very cloudy, so we couldn’t see much of the Valley which was sad, but it was winter. I would definitely recommend trying every visit though because when you can see it is absolutely stunning. There is nowhere in the world like this.
Written January 1, 2020
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kd1289
Chicago, IL65 contributions
AMAZING views, if the skies cleared. Waited an hour the first time and just saw thick fog, but came back after lunch and was blown away by the clear views, so suggest trying multiple times if you can. Road up is tough - tough driving up through the Waimea canyon (very steep) and the road between the lodge and the lookout has a TON of potholes. Lots of people did it with smaller cars but I was thankful I had an SUV. Definitely recommend the trek up!
Written January 27, 2022
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cherylgiraffe
Amarillo29 contributions
Just do it. Make the drive to the top to see this! We had to wait for the rains to stop but when they did, off we went. We got there the day before the State Parks all had to sadly close due to restrictions related to the corona virus. Hopefully this will end soon and tourists can return to Hawaii.
Written March 22, 2020
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DiAnnaTravels4Fun
Anahola, HI6 contributions
By all means, you HAVE to see the view from this Lookout. Kind of a side view of Na Pali Cliffs, (enough to whet your appetite and make you wanna book a sunset Na Pali Coast cruise with Makana Charters). A few folks here even jumped the fence to pose for pics (I hope their insurance is paid up!). There's two places for view here, second one has a nice shot of the waterfalls. But don't be so excited about the cliffs that you miss the tree by the picnic table. At first glance, it looks like 2 trees. It isn't. Fascinating growth, twisted and glorious.
Written July 5, 2021
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steveenelms
2 contributions
Well worth the long, winding drive up the mountain. Just be sure to go in the morning. The clouds roll in by lunchtime and you can't see a thing after that. Oh, and part of the road was TERRIBLE on the drive up there. FULL of potholes, so you have be be careful when other cars are coming down.
Written March 21, 2020
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