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Ka'Awaloa Trail

Napoopoo Road, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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Tough steep hike, go early

Family didn't want to come, teenagers don't see the point of hiking down to come back up and my... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Reshad R
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Ottawa, Canada
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tough hike

I read a lot about this hike before we left for our trip and still did not fully understand the... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
faenza2016
,
Summit Hill, Pennsylvania
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  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
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“lots of water” (6 reviews)
“up hill” (3 reviews)
“snorkel gear” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Napoopoo Road, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704
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"up hill"
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"wear proper shoes"
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"take your time"
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"flip flops"
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"limited parking"
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"half mile"
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"fantastic snorkeling"
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"captain cook monument"
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"worth the effort"
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"lava rock"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Family didn't want to come, teenagers don't see the point of hiking down to come back up and my wife got scared by the reviews. I started hiking down at 7 am and parts of the trail isn't easy to go down. Saw people in...More

Thank Reshad R
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

I read a lot about this hike before we left for our trip and still did not fully understand the scope of this hike. The distance is not far for those who hike, but the environment is tough. The hike is straight down and up...More

1  Thank faenza2016
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Reviewed 5 July 2018

The sign provides good advice. This hike is quite challenging, even if you are generally fit. I hiked Camelback Mountain’s Cholla Trail and that was easy in comparison. The hike down was challenging but doable. It took us exactly 60 minutes, mostly straight down, which...More

Thank MidwestRoadTrips
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Bring water! Lots of water! Did i say bring water? Yes bring water! The walk down was more difficult than up; however, going up was very challenging with two you kids. For heaven sakes, wear sneakers or jogging shoes. Very rocky rocjs og different sizes...More

Thank Ernesto M
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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Great for an adventurer like myself. It’s more work than you may think. I found it harder getting down than getting back up personally. The constant feeling of having to keep yourself from falling is interesting. Once you get down it is not really a...More

Thank Kirk C
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Wonderful people and a wonderful place to be. The water is super clear, you can see the bottom of the reef. Lot fish and less crowded area, perfect snorkel spot

Thank Yanhua G
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I'm 60 and spouse is 66. In one week we hiked down twice, snorkeled and back up. The first time it took 1 hr 45 minutes to hike back out. The second time it took 2 hours and I had to lay down on the...More

1  Thank Lori G
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Be prepared. Bring more water than you think you'll need, a snack (or more), sunscreen, good shoes and you'll have a fabulous time. If you have snorkel gear, it's worth packing up and down because the snorkeling is awesome. There hundreds of bright yellow fish...More

2  Thank Kathleen B
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

The trail is roughly 2 1/2 miles each way according to my FitBit which appears to be slightly more than advertised. The trail is not for beginner hikers. The way there is not too bad but the hike back uphill is a challenge. It took...More

Thank Steph T
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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

I made the mistake of reading another post the trail was “1-2 Miles, 45 minutes each way”. Myself & 10/14 year old boys are very athletic. We packed plenty of water and headed down at 9am. First we passed through the jungle area and I...More

Thank Chrissie S
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