What to do in Koke'e State Park

Koke'e State Park encompasses 4,345 acres in Kaua'i's northwest interior. The park is one of the few accessible sites in Kauai's rugged interior. Koke'e adjoins Waimea Canyon State Park's northern boundary.

Situated on a plateau between 3,200 and 4,200 feet, much of Koke'e is a montane (infrequent frosts), mesic (50-100 inches annual rainfall with moist soil conditions) forest dominated by koa (Acacia koa) and 'o'hia (Metrosideros polymorpha) trees.

A good place to orient yourself to the park and its facilities is the Kokee Museum. The park maintains two overlooks, Kalalau and Puu O Kila Lookouts, above the Kalalau Valley. (From the later, the Na Pali Coast is visible.) The state maintains a number of trails into the Kalalau Valley, both challenging and easy trails can be found. The trails lead into the rain forest and Alakai Swamp of the Kaua'i highlands. The main attractions of the Koke'e Trails are the native vegetation, native forest birds, and the scenic cliffside views.

Koke'e offers lodging and a small camping area. The lodging is operated by a concessionaire. Call (808) 335-6061 for more information on the lodging. The camping area will accommodate up to 15 people. A camping permit must be obtained through the Kaua'i District of Hawai'i State Parks: 3060 Eiwa St., #306, Lihu'e, HI 96766. Phone: (808) 274-3444. The permit serves as your campsite reservation.

Visitors to Kokee State Park are able to experience a variety of activities. Scenic driving on the Waimea Canyon Drive and stopping to enjoy the scenery from the lookouts can be the highlight of a vacation. For those individuals willing to experience the scenery at close range there are several trails, long and short, that lead into and around the park and neighboring forest preserve. Camping, lodging, picnicking and fishing are also available for interested visitors.

This state park lies in the northwestern interior of Kaua'i. It is accessible from Koke'e Road 15 miles north of Kekaha.

The temperatures at Koke'e State Park are somewhat cooler than those of the coastal regions of the island. If camping in the highlands be sure to bring warm layers to make cool nights comfortable. Daytime temperatures vary from a 45F degrees degree average in January to 68F degrees in July. Annual rainfall is 70 inches with rainy periods from October to May.

3060 Elwa Street #306
Lihue, HI 96766-1875

Phone: 808-274-3444

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