The New Year began yesterday trumpeting majestically on active Northerly trade winds of at least blow you hat off speeds. Not to be outdone, thunderous roars by epic 25 foot waves heralded the January first in the normally placid Hanalei Bay. While one of my best things to do in Hawaii is to enjoy the calm, clear waters of Kauai, I turned my back to the ocean and half hiked, well more strolled to the start of the Okolehao Trail.
While there are many great hikes on Kauai detailed in the many guide books written about this magical land I have compiled a list of Kauai hikes in January guided by the local Sierra Club. These hikes are one of the best Kauai deals for residents and visitors alike.
And here is why. You are with a small group of like minded hikers who enjoy getting out into the open air and have a sense of adventure even if the have hiked a particular trail many times in the past.
These guided tours require a donation of $5 or $1 for non members or members of the Sierra Club. In return there are usually two well informed local guides that point out interesting flora and fauna that would go unnoticed
by most travelers. Learning Hawaiian lore of the area and the uses of plants by ancient peoples enhances the journey.
So, what are you waiting for? Slather on the sunscreen, find a wide brimmed hat, check your camera battery for full charge, and your camera card for empty, and hit the trail.
Here are some of the outings this month, some of which are close to our romantic Kauai vacation rentals.
January 5: Kealia to Anahola hike a moderate 4.5 miles along Kauai’s eastern shore. Judy Dalton (808-246-8097) who is Kauai’s head of the local chapter of the Sierra Club will lead the hike.
January 13: Mahaulepu coastal walk along the south shore.I have written numerous posts on this walk. The great weather which is typical for the this side of the island, combined with humpback whales at this time of year make this a not to miss adventure. Bring binoculars.
January 20: North Shore bike ride,… hey sometimes we cruise. This a 18 mile ride from Hanalei town to Ke’e beach. You can rent a bike and helmet from Outfitters Kauai if you are staying on the South Shore or from Coconut Coasters if you are staying on the eastern shore. Call Jane Schmitt at 808-826-6105.
January 26: Mahaulepu sunset walk. This is not to be missed. You will meet up at 3 pm at Shipwrecks beach adjacent to the Grand Hyatt Kauai for a 3 mile hike to secret caves and space like coral rock formations. Judy Dalton will lead the group, 808-246-8097
We hope you have the time to experience a bit of Kauai and the great outdoors in the company of new friends. You can join the Sierra Club for as little as $15 in the new year and hike Kauai for only $1.
Tell us what you think. Where is your favorite hiking trail in Kauai?