October 18, 2012
If you’re coming for a visit to Kauai,
you probably know that one of its main attractions is its hikes. A hike that I highly recommend is the
Okolehao Trail. It is located right in
Hanalei. The road is just past the
bridge to Hanalei. Once you turn left
down this dirt road, you follow it until you see the Okolehao sign. There is public parking across the street
from the head of the trail, to the left.
This trail is a great way to get a workout in and view our
beautiful island. The beginning is especially
demanding. Make sure to wear your hiking
shoes and to bring water! It is usually
best to start in the morning or the late afternoon so that you do not overheat. However, if you do start in the late
afternoon please pack a flashlight. It
can get dark on the trail with all of the trees blocking the sunlight.
One stop that you must make while hiking is at the power
lines. The view of Hanalei Bay
from the Power lines is breathtaking.
Please take a moment to get some photographs and then continue on to the
Aloha Bench. This part of the trail is
not as strenuous as the beginning and the view at the Aloha Bench is worth the
distance!! It’s another view of Hanalei Bay from a higher vantage point.
If you continue past this point you will eventually come to
ropes. These ropes were installed to
help you hike up the trail. As you can
imagine, the inclines become very steep the further you go. In all, there are 22 ropes. If you decide to do the full hike, I highly
recommend beginning in the morning. It takes approximately 8 hours to complete,
While you are on the trail, make sure to eat the strawberry
guavas!! They line the trail and are
delicious and a great source of vitamin C.
These grape tomato sized berries are hard to miss as they are so
abundant along the trail and are red!
Come to Kauai and enjoy the
outdoors on this thrilling hike!!