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Waimea Canyon is known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It is ten miles long and 3000 feet deep (The Grand Canyon in Arizona is 277 miles long and 6000 feet deep.) Waimea Canyon was formed both by erosion from the Waimea River cutting through the rock and by the collapse of the volcano that formed Kauai.
Waimea Canyon and Kōkeʻe State Parks preserve the canyon wilderness and maintain a network of trails and lookouts for visitors to enjoy the area. Kalalau Lookout is the first official lookout on Kokee Road and overlooks the Kalalau Valley.
Kalalau Lookout is 4000 feet elevation with a stunning view of the Kalalau Valley on Kauai’s Na’Pali Coast. We could see waterfalls cascading down the dramatic cliff walls into the valley.
- Wailua Falls
- Lihue Plantation Hanama‘ulu Ditch
- ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls
- Wailua River State Park
- Mount Waiʻaleʻale
- Fuji Beach
- Moloa’a Beach
- Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
- Kīlauea Lighthouse
- Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
- Wai’oli Hui’ia Church
- NININI POINT LIGHTHOUSE
- Waimea Canyon State Park: Red Dirt Falls
- Waimea Canyon State Park: Waimea Canyon Lookout
- Waimea Canyon State Park: Waipo’o Falls
- Kōkeʻe State Park: Kalalau Lookout
- Kōkeʻe State Park: Pu’u O Kila Lookout
- Russian Fort Elizabeth State Historical Park
- Hanapepe Swinging Bridge
- Spouting Horn
- Koloa Heritage Trail: Spouting Horn
- Koloa Heritage Trail: Keoneloa Bay
- Nā Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
Location: Kalalau Lookout, Kokee Rd, Kapaʻa, HI 96746
Designation: State Park
Date of my visit: April 19, 2019
20 thoughts on “Kōkeʻe State Park: Kalalau Lookout”
We were there several years ago, but your stunning photos brought it back. Amazing and well done.
Thanks so much 😊
I backpacked into the Kalalau Valley in the 70s. It was and is beautiful as your photos reflect. Thanks for the memories. -Curt
Thanks Curt! That must have been a wonderful experience 😊
Stunning vistas! Mountains, ocean, waterfalls, and clouds in the distance that look like snow-capped peaks.
Thanks 😊 No snow here, just fluffy clouds ☁️
Wow, wow, wow. Where do I sign up?
I remember that lookout point. Your photos are fabulous!
Beautiful destination! Did the volcano erupt and give the green coloration?
Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands…the volcano that formed it hasn’t erupted in modern times and is considered dormant. The lava has become rich volcanic soil over the millennia which results in lush vegetation. That is the green you see💚💚
Thank you so much for taking out time to explain. I appreciate this a lot!
Thank you for reading and commenting 🙏🏻
No longer dreaming of a Kauai visit. Our late March reservations were switched to late September. Now that one is canceled. I’ll have to be content with viewing your photos, reading your descriptions, and repeating the “someday” mantra.
Oh I’m sorry! Yes, I’d heard Hawaii is still closed to tourists. Someday…
A beautiful diversion from a rainy morning in England! Thank you.