This Enchanting Hike Takes You Straight Through Hawaii’s Very Own Grand Canyon

Located in western Kauai, Waimea Canyon is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” and though the expansive canyon is not as big — or as old — as its Arizona cousin, you will surely never experience anything quite like this geological wonder in Hawaii. Nearly 14 miles long, one mile wide, and more than 3,600 feet deep, the stunning Waimea Canyon is full of striking cliffs, incredible colors, and cascading waterfalls; it is perhaps Hawaii’s most unspoiled natural beauty. It also just so happens to be home to some of the Aloha State’s best hiking trails.

While we love the Canyon Trail as much as the next person, today, we’re taking a look at a lesser-known trail that takes you on an incredible journey to the canyon floor you will never forget: the Kukui Trail.

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Have you ever hiked this enchanting trail through Hawaii’s Waimea Canyon? What about the five hikes you absolutely must do in the Aloha State?