Kalalau Lookout
Kalalau Lookout
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At almost 4,000 feet high, this lookout point in Kokee State Park offers breathtaking views of the vast Kalalau Valley and Na Pali coast.
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  • actranslation
    Redmond, Washington124 contributions
    Go. Just go.
    We were staying on the north shore, so this was a bit of a trek on what promised to be a hot day--but it was clear. It was stunning! And notably cooler and comfortable. Many accessible walks up to viewing areas that provided a spectacular view both to the south and to the north, mountains and waterfalls. Make sure you have plenty of photo storage and full batteries. We took the advice of others here to get an early start, and even then parking was a bit of a challenge. The good news is that turnover in the parking lots is fairly quick, so we always found a spot. Parking is $10 per car, plus $5 per person, payable by card only. The ticket is valid all day. Many people packed a picnic and enjoyed the many shade picnic areas scattered around the park. They're smart, since you will want to spend more time here than you originally thought. You may think you don't need sunscreen because you're only out of the car for 15 minutes at a time, but you're wrong. Slather it on, and reapply every hour or so over midday.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • robcau
    Denver, Colorado22 contributions
    It's worth the drive!!!!
    The road from Waimea up through Waimea Canyon and Koke'e parks is fantastic. Be sure to drive all the way to the end to get to Kalalau lookout. The views are incredible. Along the way, be sure to stop at all the official (and unofficial...as in the side of the road) other lookouts. We spent about 3.5 hours total including lunch at the Koke'e lodge round trip from Waimea and it was worth every second. Try to go on a dry day (or in the morning) when there are less clouds.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Kdawg282
    Doylestown, Pennsylvania1,302 contributions
    Phenomenal views of the coast!
    Phenomenal lookout point! We were lucky enough to get a clear day and we could see the entire valley! The views were incredible. If visiting the canyon area, I definitely recommend heading up to this lookout point as it’s so worth it! Look for Mike marker 18!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Brandon K
    Flagstaff, Arizona1,886 contributions
    You cannot come to Kauai and not see this view
    This is technically separate from Waimea Canyon, but is all in the same general area. The lookout gives you a view out to the Na Pali coast and the view is something you just should not miss. Words won't do it justice, so go see it for yourself.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ1,886 contributions
Aug 2023
This is technically separate from Waimea Canyon, but is all in the same general area. The lookout gives you a view out to the Na Pali coast and the view is something you just should not miss. Words won't do it justice, so go see it for yourself.
Written 27 August 2023
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Kdawg282
Doylestown, PA1,302 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Phenomenal lookout point! We were lucky enough to get a clear day and we could see the entire valley! The views were incredible. If visiting the canyon area, I definitely recommend heading up to this lookout point as it’s so worth it! Look for Mike marker 18!
Written 23 July 2023
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robcau
Denver, CO22 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
The road from Waimea up through Waimea Canyon and Koke'e parks is fantastic. Be sure to drive all the way to the end to get to Kalalau lookout. The views are incredible. Along the way, be sure to stop at all the official (and unofficial...as in the side of the road) other lookouts. We spent about 3.5 hours total including lunch at the Koke'e lodge round trip from Waimea and it was worth every second. Try to go on a dry day (or in the morning) when there are less clouds.
Written 3 July 2023
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Cheryl H
Kansas19 contributions
Jun 2023
A little steep to walk up to the main lookout, but it's smooth and very doable for a 68 year old with a bad knee!! It was clear, and we couldn't tell where the sky ended and the water began.
Written 9 June 2023
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Andrea S
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Beautiful view of the island paradise. This is Eden. Great way to get a lay of the land and see the creatures and environment
Written 4 June 2023
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LisaMNUSA
Saint Paul, MN941 contributions
May 2023
It's a must stop if you visit the canyon park. A very short walk from the parking lot to the view point. You could see the green cliffs and the beach even though it's far away.
Written 21 May 2023
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Amy K
Minneapolis, MN30 contributions
Apr 2023
I'm giving this 5 stars because I think the view would be breathtaking but the day we took the drive in Waimea Canyon, Kalalau lookout was completely socked in. It was still pretty cool to be up in the clouds. We were fortunate enough to do a helicopter tour a couple days prior so saw it by air and it was stunning. It was the only place that was cloud covered in the Waimea/Koke'e State park drive so you may not know until you get there - so just go!
Written 3 May 2023
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Walter241
Toronto, Ontario Canada86 contributions
Mar 2023
Have been there before but this time there is a hefty fee for parking and entry. The lookout is a 15 minute thing. Either it is clear and you take some pictures or it is socked in with clouds and there is nothing to see. There are no activities here. To be more likely to get a good view arrive there before 10AM.
The parking fee now is $10 per car PLUS $5 per person. That is ridiculous for a 15 minute "view". I will likely not go back again.
Later in the visit to Kauai a local told me that it is for all park spots and not just the one and is good for the whole day. A bit better but still very steep.
Written 25 March 2023
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actranslation
Redmond, WA124 contributions
Mar 2023
We were staying on the north shore, so this was a bit of a trek on what promised to be a hot day--but it was clear. It was stunning! And notably cooler and comfortable. Many accessible walks up to viewing areas that provided a spectacular view both to the south and to the north, mountains and waterfalls. Make sure you have plenty of photo storage and full batteries.

We took the advice of others here to get an early start, and even then parking was a bit of a challenge. The good news is that turnover in the parking lots is fairly quick, so we always found a spot. Parking is $10 per car, plus $5 per person, payable by card only. The ticket is valid all day.

Many people packed a picnic and enjoyed the many shade picnic areas scattered around the park. They're smart, since you will want to spend more time here than you originally thought.

You may think you don't need sunscreen because you're only out of the car for 15 minutes at a time, but you're wrong. Slather it on, and reapply every hour or so over midday.
Written 20 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Travel’n Matt
Nevada329 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Just further up from the valley and worth visiting. Beautiful views and nice area for lunch before heading back down to the town.
Written 21 February 2023
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