If you’re staying on Kauai’s North Shore and want to enjoy a quiet walking or jogging path, lace up and head to the Wai Koa Loop. Enjoy the shade of the Kilauea Forest and stroll past the largest mahogany plantation in North America. The 4.5 mile path is mostly wide and flat, with occasional small hills, and provides breathtaking views of the Namahana Mountains. This trail is located on a working farm and provides a serene nature experience. It can be enjoyed on bikes as well and is a manageable distance for children. Though not paved, the terrain is fairly easy to navigate with the exception of muddy sections if there’s been recent rain. With its secluded location far from traffic, this is a great outing for families.
The Wai Koa Loop Trail is part of the larger Anaina Hou Community Park complex, which also includes a miniature golf course, botanical garden, café, playground, gift shop, and skate park. After tackling the trail, the 18-hole miniature golf course is a both fun-filled and picturesque family outing. Set amid a beautiful Hawaiian Botanical Garden, it will be difficult for the beautiful surroundings not to distract you from that hole-in-one. To learn more about the history, culture, and plant life of Kauai, take a garden tour, which also covers a free round of mini golf.
Planning Your Excursion to Wai Koa Loop Trail
The Wai Koa Loop Trail is located on Wai Koa Plantation, a working farm on private land. The trail is free but users must first stop by the gift shop to sign a waver. It’s open from 9:00 a.m. until dusk. The trail is part of the larger Anaina Hou Community Park complex, located in Kilauea at 5-2723 Kuhio Highway, just eight miles from the popular town of Hanalei.
We have rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Staying at one of our north shore properties will put you in close proximity to the Wai Koa Loop Trail, as well as the North Shore’s best beaches. Browse some of our North Shore rentals, such as Hanalei Bay Resort, Hanalei Bay Villas, Hanalei Colony Resort, Ali’I Kai, or The Cliffs Resort, all offering luxurious amenities and the highly desirable North Shore location. Contact us at 866-922-5642 or [email protected] to make your vacation rental booking and to learn about things to do on the island.