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Ka'Awaloa Trail

Napoopoo Road, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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The best snorkelling site!!!!!Going down, no issues, just wear proper shoes. Back it's a challenge... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Rodica M
Must be in good shape for this one, and so worth the hike!

We wanted to visit Captain Cook's Monument, but didn't want to rent a kayak or snorkel for an hour... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
San Diego, California
via mobile
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“love hiking” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Napoopoo Road, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The best snorkelling site!!!!!Going down, no issues, just wear proper shoes. Back it's a challenge. Need to ensure yo have enough water supply (min 1 l per person/ on your way up!) Take your time! Enjoy the ride. My family did it in 45 min...More

1  Thank Rodica M
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

We wanted to visit Captain Cook's Monument, but didn't want to rent a kayak or snorkel for an hour just to get there. We decided to do this hike instead. It's 2 miles down to the monument with limited parking at the trail head. A...More

1  Thank gsxrgal
Reviewed 19 July 2017

My wife and I (both north of 60) did this hike in late June 2017. We started a bit later in the day (about 11.30) than we intended, so it was the hottest part of the day, but helped by a breeze. Roadworks at the...More

Thank mikem18445
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

My husband & I are adventurous and pretty athletic and in our 30's. We work out and run frequently and didn't think this would be too bad. We started at 8am and the hike down was alright. The hike up around 11am was a nightmare....More

Thank Jenna M
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Definitely a rough and tough trail but worth the effort for the snorkelling at the end. It was a relentlessly steep and rocky trail for the entire length. Provided some nice vistas which you must stop to appreciate since looking and walking will lead to...More

1  Thank PJW10K
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Several reviews bemoaned this "very steep and difficult" trail, but the two of us did it with a backpack each, and we enjoyed it! The views are stunning, the trail is easy to follow, and the grade is very gradual, in my opinion. We took...More

1  Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Super neat trail that has a great deal of elevation gain. Bring water and snacks for this 3.8 mile round trip. Remember its a long way and down and you have to walk back up. Bring good walking shoes and snorkel gear for fantastic snorkeling...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Looking a good steep hike; then you found it. It is a good drop from the road to the bay; what goes down has to come back up. If a small athletic group wanted to hike down snorkel then this great. The monument itself is...More

Thank Cydjim
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Hope going down.... Faith going up. Bring good hiking shoes and lots of water. I damn near died coming back up in clear blue hot sunny day. I would have paid a kid 50 bucks for a chair and cold drink at the half way...More

2  Thank 2014PG
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is the site where Captain Cook was killed (hence the monument) but also a sight of a historic Hawaiian Village complete with rock ruins...don't climb on them they are unstable! Park by the trail head (there was road construction when we were there so...More

1  Thank Saraphe
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