Wai Koa Loop

Wai Koa Loop, Kilauea: Hours, Address, Wai Koa Loop Reviews: 4.5/5

Wai Koa Loop
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Wai Koa Loop Trail is a great safe 4.5 mile hiking trail on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai. You can access this hike at Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea. The hike is free but is on private property, so please stop in at Anaina Hou to sign a waiver, pick up a map, and purchase water, sunblock, lunch or ono snacks to take with you on this fun-filled adventure! On the hike, you’ll pass through the Kilauea Forest and then the largest mahogany plantation in North America. Then, the trail opens up and you’ll enjoy impressive views of the Namahana Mountains. The top of this loop trail takes you to the must-see historic Stone Dam (closed for renovations). It was built in the 1880’s to support the Kilauea Sugarcane Plantation and is a great place for a picnic or to enjoy a swim. The Trail is open to the public from 8:00 am to dusk and takes between 2.5 to 4 hours. A waver must be on file at Anaina Hou before you enjoy the Trail.
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doubletrip
Putnam Valley, NY115 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
been here 7 times prior, since the mid ‘90’s.
best advise: start early, around 10am. the reason i mention this is that parts of the trail is sunny n very hot.
don’t forget to check in at the mini golf place or the trail hut, if it is open.
this is for liability reasons, due to the fact that the trail is on private farming property.
you will see beautiful views of the mountains, horses, cattle, ponds, and of course farming structures.
not for those who want a challenge. this is for a quiet, meditative walk (that one gets away from the ‘trail’ crowds”-just to put it....calming:)
they did some diversions, which by the way, are well done, due to the flood of April 2018.
the dam area is closed n being repaired but the “detour paths” are fine.
what a delight to take a walk/stroll among 86,000 mahogany trees, the largest of these forests in the USA n one of the largest in the world.
terrain is flat except for the first 10 minutes but very easy.
i highly recommend the site:)

PS
make sure you have water with you, as it is a 4 mile hike n takes about 2 hrs-leisurely. i wouldn’t recommend flip-flops.
ALOHA~
Written February 23, 2020
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BarbGag
Invermere, Canada271 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This loop is easy and in the shade for most of the walk (3miles). The dam and common ground are closed and the trail does not lead you anywhere near this area even if the map shows that route. Large signs on the route inform the hiker that this area is closed due to restoration after the flood in April.
It was still worth the lovely walk through the mahogany plantation.
You must stop at the mini golf building ( near the trail parking lot) and sign a waiver.
Check out the photos to see where you turn off of the highway ( At the chocolate tour ).
Written February 1, 2020
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sunshinewalker
Upland, CA43 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Although the trailhead at the Anaina Hou Community Park is closed, the trail is accessible from the dog park off Kahiliholo Road. Good signage on the mostly flat paths. Beautiful scenery, an enchanted forest, monarch butterflies, and a waterfall at the end.
Written April 6, 2022
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smit1691
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA44 contributions
Jun 2022
This was a neat little hike that is no longer a loop. It starts at a dog park in the Kilauea area. You walk through an "enchanted forest" of mahogany trees. Wonderful forest trees and flowers, sounds of birds, bugs and the wind as you hike. At the end of the hike before turning around, you are treated to a stream spilling over a stone dam. There are also a few areas of bamboo that was very thick in diameter. This was a beautiful, pleasant, peaceful little hike.
Written June 19, 2022
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Rkhoffman56
4 contributions
Jul 2013
5 mile loop through mahogany plantation and farm was a flat mowed road. Didn't offer much variety of scenery. Would not recommend. Not very interesting and too manicured. We prefer more natural trails.
Written August 2, 2013
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Kaiopect8
Shrewsbury, VT40 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
At the far end of the parking lot -- past Banana Joe's on your left, past the mini-golf on your right, past the periodic farmers market site on your left, past the skateboard park on your right...is the entrance to a 5 mile walk through, among other things, the largest mahogany plantation in the United States! Your walk will take you through hundreds of rows of mahogany trees, past the Kilauea dog park, the community gardens, the childrens garden, a pig patch, an organic produce company, fruit orchards, former commercial fish ponds, an historic century+ old dam, horses, cows, egrets, and back to your starting point!

The walk is very flat and passable even after (or in) wet weather.
Written March 20, 2016
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nwesterner2
Gig Harbor, WA324 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
As an active / curious couple we love finding the hidden gems to explore in most areas we visit. You know, the ones most folks pass on in favor of more popular venues. Many times this philosophy pays off big time. Such was the case with the Wai Koa Loop Trail. The trail head (off the Kauai Mini Golf parking lot) can be reached off the main highway driving south from Princeville, just before the exit to the Kilauea Lighthouse.

We highly recommend this easy 5 mile trail (walk or rent mountain bikes) though a working Hawaiian ranch. A wide, mostly grass and graveled path with little elevation change (after a bit of up and down at the start)winds you through a variety of landscapes including the largest US Mahogany forest, fish ponds, fields and orchards, a dog park, a community garden, and a stone dam lookout from the 1800s.

What a pleasant way to spend a few hours exploring nature and old Hawaii while getting in some exercise as well. We highly recommend this unique step back in history. It will be one of fondest memories of your time spent in the garden Isle.
Written February 8, 2014
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kauaigirl1990
Las Vegas, NV56 contributions
Got up at 6 am today did this loop with a friend. So fun. I live here and will be doing it again. Starting rainy toward the end but oh well it is Kauai
Written September 24, 2014
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WildthymeAZ
Phoenix, AZ398 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Half-way through this 5-mile "hike" we started wishing that we had gone directly to the stone dam lookout. If you start at the Kauai Mini Golf parking, go left at the loop junction and skip the acres and acres of farmland. The stone dam area is lovely and a great place for a cool swim and picnic.
Although I must say that seeing 86,000 mahogany trees is impressive!
Written September 12, 2013
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Daveytrini
Ellicott City, MD13 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
Sorry to differ from the others, however, our family walked this trail today and did not enjoy it. Not sure what to say, but the bang was not nearly worth the buck. The dam is the most exciting thing, but not that big a deal in our opinion. We are not hikers, so this may be a factor. Will definitely never do this one again. Was generous with the ranking, really want to give one or two stars.
Written August 1, 2013
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  • Sun - Sat 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM