View from the Nounou Trail. Photo © Christopher Thomas, licensed CC-BY 2.0.

Hiking Nounou Mountain, Kaua‘i’s Sleeping Giant

The Nounou Mountain Trails comprise three trails. They are all inland in the mountains above Wailua and zigzag over Nounou Ridge, the Sleeping Giant. Many feel the nearly four-mile round-trip Nounou Mountain East Trail is the prettiest of the three, while the Kuamo‘o-Nounou Trail is about two miles one way and is tough, but suitable for a fit family. Lastly, the Nounou Mountain West Trail is 1.5 miles and one hour each way, and a little shorter and less steep than the east-side trail.

The Marriott at Kalapaki Bay in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i.

Eating in Lihu‘e, Kaua‘i

Kaua‘i’s east side is home to many great restaurants and eateries. This is where you’ll find the majority of the island’s high-end and elegant restaurants, but there’s also a great array of hole-in-the-wall local eateries.

The best way to experience Kaua’i's Na Pali Coast is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail.

Hiking Na Pali Coast, Kaua‘i

What may be the best way to experience Kaua‘i’s Na Pali Coast is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail. There are several beautiful places to stop along the way to rest and refresh yourself, or to break the trail down into smaller—but not less challenging—chunks.

View of Kauai's coast from the Kalalau Trail.

Na Pali Coast State Park, Kaua‘i

Nature’s wonders all join together in the heavenly and harsh Na Pali Coast State Park. Day-use permits are required past a certain point even if you’re not staying overnight, while camping is strictly regulated. Most areas are accessible only by foot or boat, and more than the basics are needed to camp out here.

Where to find a vacation rental or condo in Hanalei.

Vacation Rentals and Condos in Hanalei Under $200

If you’re looking for simple, comfortable accommodations in Hanalei, you’ll do well with either of the options here. Two offer fully-equipped kitchens, all three have great locations, and depending on your need for privacy, you can stay tucked away from Hanalei’s bustle or right in the middle of it.