Kōkeʻe State Park: Kalalau Lookout


Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! 


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.


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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

    1. 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💚💚

  1. 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.

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