Travel Through Both The Rainforest And The Desert On Hawaii’s Awaawapuhi Trail

Nestled along the rim of Waimea Canyon between 3,200 and 4,200 feet in elevation, Koke’e State Park is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Aloha State — including Waimea Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and the jaw-dropping Kalalau Valley. Koke’e State Park sprawls across more than 4,300 acres and contains approximately 45 miles of hiking trails along canyon rims and through native Hawaiian forests. While you could spend weeks exploring this unparalleled park, the Awaawapuhi Trail tops our current bucket list. 

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Have you ever explored the beauty of this one-of-a-kind trail? Share your experiences and opinions in the comments below. If you want to explore all that Koke’e State Park has to offer over several days, why not stay at this gorgeous campground?

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