POSTED: 29 MAY 2004 - 3:00pm HST

Wonder Walks 2004: Summer Guided Hikes in Kokee

Kokee ridges looking to the south

Koke'e Natural History Museum
Wonder Walks 2004: Summer Guided Hikes

Space on all hikes is limited ~ Call 335-9975 or email early to reserve
Click here for the website for Kokee Natural History Museum

• Trail choice always depends on weather.

Pihea Trail leaves at 8 am, bring lunch.
• Meet at Koke'e Museum at 12:15 pm. If you are registered, please call if you can’t make the hike.
• All hikes leave on time at 12:30 pm. Eat lunch first.
• Bring drinking water, sunscreen, protective clothing and hiking boots.
• Light rain gear suggested.
• Donations are appreciated.

Typical Ferns along trails

June 6, July 17, August 14 & September 12 ~ Kaluapuhi Trail
This easy family hike takes you along native vegetation, which mixes with introduced species, such as groves of plum and karaka nut trees. A native palm, the Pritchardia, can be seen close to this trail, which ends near the Kalalau Lookout. If you haven’t already viewed Kalalau Valley, now is your opportunity.

June 13, July 4 & 18, August 15 & 29 ~ Pu`u ka Ohelo - Berry Flats Trail
This family hike along Berry Flats Trail offers sightings of forest birds and introduced California redwoods, Australian eucalyptus, and Japanese Sugi pines. The native koa and`ohi`a lehua trees offer a canopy as you stroll along this moderate forest loop.

July 24 & September 5 ~ Waininiua Trail
As you walk to the trail head of Waininiua Trail, an easy, family forest trail, you will have a view of man’s introduction of garden plants now naturalized. Native `ohi`a and koa trees mix with introduced, aggressive strawberry guava and black wattle. Also, keep your eyes open for native birds, such as the `apapane and `elepaio.

June 27, July 11, August 7 & 22 ~ Koke`e - Halemanu Loop
Halemanu or “House of Birds” was the home to many native species, which you may be fortunate to see, the `apapane, friendly `elepaio and perhaps even an `i`iwi. A canopy of Hawaiian koa and `ohi`a lehua trees will offer a welcome shade along this moderate forest hike.

June 20, July 3 & 25, August 21 ~ Cliff Trail & Canyon Trail
This strenuous hike, along the Cliff and Canyon Trails to the head of Waipo`o Falls, offers breath-taking views into Waimea Canyon. You will see native koa, `ohi`a, sandalwood, halapepe, and hahalua trees along the hike, as well as our state tree, he kukui, and the graceful, white tailed tropic birds in the Canyon.

July 10 & 31, August 28 ~ Pihea Trail
Pihea Trail is a strenuous rain forest hike along the back ridge of Kalalau Valley, this trail offers incredible views into the valley and across the canopy of the Alaka`i Swamp. Experienced birders will show you some of Kaua`i’s native and introduced birds found in the area. Bring your binoculars and lunch!

View from trail along Kalalau Ridge


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