Wai Koa Loop
Wai Koa Loop
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Temp closed. The Wai Koa Loop Trail is a great safe 4.5 mile hiking trail on the beautiful North Shore of Kauai. The hike is free but is on private property. 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • donnaclarin
    Southlake, Texas42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy trail with a beautiful waterfall
    Nice easy trail for all ages but very muddy and slippery in some areas. The waterfalls at the end of the trail were beautiful. The enchanted forest was an optional loop and very serine. I recommend this trail but be sure to have decent footwear on. We just wore our tennis shoes and we were fine but do not wear white shoes or brand new shoes on this hike or you may be disappointed and need new shoes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • a-travelin-foodie
    United States1,065 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    NOT closed - easy trail to a pretty dam
    Easy 3 mile trail except for the few muddy spots when it's raining. You can walk thru the forest and it's 1 hour to the dam at a slow/moderate pace with photo stops. You can make it shorter by about 20 min (maybe just do on the return loop) if you skip the forest. Steepest grade when walking down to the dam, maybe 30 yards. Pretty view from the top, too, with a covered seating area - a nice stop to stop for snacks, especially in a downpour. Bring water and bugspray. Not a lot of variety of plants, few flowers, but pretty and green. Landscaped at the dam. Good for families. Not a lot of parking at the dog park, but seems to work OK.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 21, 2024
  • Doug T
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Family Friendly Hiking Trail
    This is a relatively flat trail that most will enjoy. We accessed the trail via the Kauai North Shoe Dog Park, which was easy. We arrived at the trail head around 9:30 am, which was good because of the limited number of parking spots. The trail conditions were great, but it did have a few muddy spots. Make sure to wear shoes that you are OK if they get some mud on them. Our 4 and 5-year-old grandkids walked most of the way, and a good hike was had by all.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2024
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BarbGag
Invermere, Canada283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Theresa B
Salmon Arm, Canada505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
As it was near the end of our time on the island and we had done a number of moderate to strenuous hikes, I was looking for something that would be relatively easy, yet worth doing. And this hike was perfect for that.

I referred to AllTrails website for directions. You do park at a dog park that is just over 1/2 mile after you turn off the main road. (one your left -- the sign is small so keep an eye out)

Once parked, go through the gate to the left along the dirt road and you'll see the trail clearly marked. The little park at the end, along with the stone dam, is really very pretty. (There is a picnic table at the end that is covered).

We took the short cut back versus going back through the "Enhanted Forest" (There is a sign that says 'short cut')

A great hike if you have little ones as it is flat and the trail is quite wide.
Written December 2, 2022
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Doug T
Highlands Ranch, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This is a relatively flat trail that most will enjoy. We accessed the trail via the Kauai North Shoe Dog Park, which was easy. We arrived at the trail head around 9:30 am, which was good because of the limited number of parking spots. The trail conditions were great, but it did have a few muddy spots. Make sure to wear shoes that you are OK if they get some mud on them. Our 4 and 5-year-old grandkids walked most of the way, and a good hike was had by all.
Written June 22, 2024
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Lynn S
San Luis Obispo County, CA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This is an easy but long hike with a beautiful waterfall and tropical garden as your reward. It was muddy in places so wear appropriate shoes. There is no water or restrooms so be aware of that also. Great for children if the are used to going on 4.5 mile walks in the full sun in some areas. Wear sunscreen and bug repellent as there is plenty of standing water and therefore mosquitoes.
Written July 6, 2023
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Sunshinewalker
Ovilla, TX52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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donnaclarin
Southlake, TX42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice easy trail for all ages but very muddy and slippery in some areas. The waterfalls at the end of the trail were beautiful. The enchanted forest was an optional loop and very serine. I recommend this trail but be sure to have decent footwear on. We just wore our tennis shoes and we were fine but do not wear white shoes or brand new shoes on this hike or you may be disappointed and need new shoes.
Written July 22, 2023
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smit1691
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, VT39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, WA320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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