Kumuwela, Canyon, Halemanu-Kokee Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,117' 341 m
Descent: -1,113' -339 m
High: 3,767' 1,148 m
Low: 3,066' 935 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A hike to the rim of the canyon with amazing views and waterfalls”— Steve Jackson
The Kumuwela Trail has some steep parts with trees down and berry vines that can reach out and grab you. Parts of this trail is so overgrown with bushes and trees that it gets very dark. It's very different from the dry Koa Forest that you end up in. At the end of the Kumuwela Trail there is a sign directing you to the Canyon Trail which winds along the canyon rim. I stopped at a picnic bench for a great view and snacks. This bench unexpectedly appears and must have been helicoptered in. It's a great place for pictures and quiet reflection.
Past the bench you'll see Waipo'o Falls and then likely more people hiking from Puu Hinahina lookout to go to the falls. The water flow from Kokee stream can change and with it the gushing of the 800 foot falls and the more challenging crossing of the stream. Once across the stream, it's a slippery climb to the junction of the Halemanu-Kokee Trail. This trail is in Koa and Ohia forest and a very nice hike.
Land Manager: Hawaii - Department of Land and Natural Resources