October is chock full of great hikes here on the Garden Isle of Kauai. Getting to know the island on foot will be one of the most rewarding experiences you will take home with you. The citizens of Kauai Hawaii respect their aina (land) passionately and it is easy to see why. Verdant mountains that exhibit subtle variations of green that can be observed and reflected upon at a casual pace are why most of us locals take to the solitude of Kokee in the west and Sleeping Giant (Nonou) on our eastern side.
Here is a list of fun Kauai Hikes sponsored by the Sierra Club of Hawaii a small donation is required. What I enjoy best about these hikes are that the leaders are knowledgeable about the trail, all have hiked the trail countless times. They can point out interesting native flora and the pesky invasive weed and animal species. Lastly, some of these hikes are within minutes of our Kauai vacation rentals.
Saturday, Oct 5 Kuilau Ridge Trail/ East side/moderate/4.5 miles (C/E) Sweeping panoramic views of Mountains Kawaikini & Waialeale and the Makaleha mountains. Jane Schmitt 826-6105
Saturday, October 12 Nukoli’i Beach Clean Up. East Shore/easy (S) Help remove litter which poses a threat to sea birds and marine life To get to Nukoli’i Beach, turn makai off the highway just south of the Wailua Golf Course onto an unpaved road past the Moto Cross to the beach. Look for Sierra Club signs. Bring hat and water. Gloves, bags, and snacks provided. 9 AM to noon. Judy Dalton 246-9067
Wednesday, October 16 Nonou (Sleeping Giant) Conservation Service Project. (C/S) East Side/strenuous/4 miles. Tend to endangered native plants in their habitat and enjoy a full moon walk. Sierra Club members only. Bob Nishek 346-0476
Sunday, October 20 Makaleha Falls/ Eastside/ Strenuous/ 3 miles. (C/E) Hike to a secluded waterfall. Lowland native plants. Nice Views. Tabi footwear required. Kathy Valier 826-7302
Saturday, October 26 Maha’ulepu Beach Clean Up. South Shore/easy (S) Sierra Club, Malama Maha’ulepu & Surfrider team up to keep this magnificent beach free of ocean debris and litter. Follow Poipu Road past the Grand Hyatt where it becomes a dirt road. Drive to T-intersection and turn right. Continue to parking area and look for banners. Please bring hat and water. Bags, gloves & snacks provided. 9 AM to noon. Judy Dalton 246-9067
Tell us your favorite Kauai hike and why it’s one of the best things to do in Kauai.