Kōkeʻe State Park: Pu’u O Kila Lookout


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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. Pu’u O Kila Lookout is up the road from Kalalau Lookout and has even better views of the Kalalau Valley.


From this lookout, you can pick up the Pihea Trail which travels along a ridge before joining with the Alakai Swamp Trail. Alakai is the highest swamp in the world. Through the trees, we could just make out the North shore.


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Location: Pu’u O Kila Lookout, Pihea Trail, Kapaʻa, HI 96746

Designation: State Park

Date of my visit: April 19, 2019