Koke'e State Park
Koke'e State Park
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A beautiful state park encompassing 4345 acres and containing 45 miles of scenic trails.
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  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California1,974 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park With Outstanding Views and Hiking
    Koke'e State Park is at the end of the road (550) which starts as Waimea Canyon Road in Waimea on the south shore of Kauai. It is probably most well known for its magnificent views over the Na Pali Coast on the NW shore of the island, a region with no roads and which one either must see from the sea or air, or access directly on foot via Ha'ena State Park and the Kalalau trail on the north shore. Koke'e offers great, fairly up-close views from above and inland, without any hiking since one can just drive up the road through Waimea Canyon State Park to Kalalau Lookout and Pu'u O Kila Lookout. From Pu'u O Kila, there is a trail partly along the ridge giving more views, to another lookout and through swampy areas and more forest. The views and hikes are excellent and well worth a long visit. The drive to Kalalau Lookout is easy, but just after that, as of June 2023, the road has a short stretch with numerous and deep potholes. One can negotiate it even in a regular car if done with care, however, and that rough stretch is limited, the rest of the road being ok if not good.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 August 2023
  • 4Bug-a-Boos
    289 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view is worth the drive!
    This is such a beautiful area! Definitely worth the drive. We took the advice of others and went early in the day, and we were really glad we did. It can get really busy, it seems, as the day goes on. There were more restrooms than I had anticipated so that was nice. We found a nice picnic area (near the museum) and had a picnic lunch after we had done all of our exploring. It was a wonderful day and one of the best of the trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 September 2023
  • Timothy K
    Chicago, Illinois303 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    the end of the drive
    This park seems ot be part of the Waimea Canyon, and is the last 5 miles or so on the Hwy 550/552, and the worst maintained (although it seems they were resurfacing on our visit). The two overlooks actually let you see down to part of the Napali Coast (Kalahau Valley), so that tis different. Getting there is an experience, especially the last one, which can be skipped, or even walked ot. There are some military installations up there, which have unclear purposes, and restricted. The Museum is pretty minimal, and the Nature trail although easy walk is difficult to sort out what is being labeled.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
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Timothy K
Chicago, IL303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This park seems ot be part of the Waimea Canyon, and is the last 5 miles or so on the Hwy 550/552, and the worst maintained (although it seems they were resurfacing on our visit). The two overlooks actually let you see down to part of the Napali Coast (Kalahau Valley), so that tis different. Getting there is an experience, especially the last one, which can be skipped, or even walked ot. There are some military installations up there, which have unclear purposes, and restricted. The Museum is pretty minimal, and the Nature trail although easy walk is difficult to sort out what is being labeled.
Written 4 February 2024
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4Bug-a-Boos
Oregon289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This is such a beautiful area! Definitely worth the drive. We took the advice of others and went early in the day, and we were really glad we did. It can get really busy, it seems, as the day goes on. There were more restrooms than I had anticipated so that was nice. We found a nice picnic area (near the museum) and had a picnic lunch after we had done all of our exploring. It was a wonderful day and one of the best of the trip.
Written 22 September 2023
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA1,974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Koke'e State Park is at the end of the road (550) which starts as Waimea Canyon Road in Waimea on the south shore of Kauai. It is probably most well known for its magnificent views over the Na Pali Coast on the NW shore of the island, a region with no roads and which one either must see from the sea or air, or access directly on foot via Ha'ena State Park and the Kalalau trail on the north shore. Koke'e offers great, fairly up-close views from above and inland, without any hiking since one can just drive up the road through Waimea Canyon State Park to Kalalau Lookout and Pu'u O Kila Lookout. From Pu'u O Kila, there is a trail partly along the ridge giving more views, to another lookout and through swampy areas and more forest. The views and hikes are excellent and well worth a long visit. The drive to Kalalau Lookout is easy, but just after that, as of June 2023, the road has a short stretch with numerous and deep potholes. One can negotiate it even in a regular car if done with care, however, and that rough stretch is limited, the rest of the road being ok if not good.
Written 3 August 2023
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Kyle_SD_308
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Nice drive, but some serious potholes on the very last stretch of the paved road, we should have stopped at the second to last lookout, which was spectacular.
Written 25 June 2023
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Jon K
Barling, AR4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The drive through the canyon up to the lookouts was great. Unfortunately we went on a semi-rainy day. A bit hazy for most of the drive, but at the very top lookout , a marine layer of clouds blocked the view to the Nepali coast. Still with the drive.
Written 24 March 2023
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jyothiprakash t
San Jose, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
amazing views of Napali coast.... Must see if you visit Kauai! This atraction did leave me speechless. I did not think anything could beat Waimea canyon and boy was I proved wrong!
Written 25 December 2022
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GRZ
Chicago, IL10,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
You end up visiting Koke'e State Park by basically continuing your drive through Waimea Canyon State Park - the same fee for the $10 car and $5 per person will work here as it's valid for the 5 locations between these 2 parks

I have reviewed the Waimea Canyon State Park separately and left some info there on Route 550 vs Kokee Rd on the way up and down but once you get to the WCSP you will have only one road up/down as the 2 merge before you enter WCSP.

After speaking with the State Guide at the Waimea Canyon Lookout we were told that a must are the 2, which are basically two angles on the views from the top of the Na Pali Coast :):

a. Kalalau Lookout - this one comes first and you will pass it before you head to the second "must stop" - you walk a few steps and there is a huge vista point area that can accommodate plenty of people

b. Pu’u O Kila Lookout - so this spot is just another 5 minutes drive but the road surface at times is bad, and the "road split" is in terrible shape, we made in a small car but I can see how you can damage the car with the low clearance - it's actually weird that the road for the most part is great but in 2-3 sections of the park it's a terrible mess :/ - while at this lookout spot go a bit down the trail - it's a super easy one at first so you are fine in flip flops, we were told that in advance and it was true - you will get some better vistas from down there

While in either of these lookout spots you can experience some clouds... moisture... rain... or like we that day PLENTY OF RAINBOWS!!! :) amazing!

We didn't do any hikes, it's all easy drive and stop in flip flops but there are tones of trails everywhere you go.

TIP: drive carefully, it's probably the worst road conditions in certain areas that we experienced around Kauai - nothing you can't pass in any car at appropriate speed but don't drive fast or you will lose a wheel :D
Written 28 November 2022
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irawine
Benicia, CA655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My wife and I drove up into Koke’e State Park and enjoyed the views of the coast and the “other side” of the Nepali Coast, in particular. We left the parking lot around noon and by then it was jam-packed. We also hiked along the Pihea Trail for a bit and enjoyed the experience. Based on our reading, we did not feel compelled to do the hikes to enjoy the views of the coast. Definitely recommended.
Written 3 November 2022
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Coldings
Copenhagen, Denmark513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Koke'e State park is accessed by a well-paved road in good condition from the coastal town of Waimea. Although the climb is relatively steep any car and driver can make the journey and once you are up there you have a large selection of hikes of all levels at your disposal. Apart from the mandatory, astonishing Waimea Valley Outlook we hiked the Pihea Vista Trail starting at the end of the paved road and following the ridge of one of the most spectacular valleys on the Na Pali Coast. If you go all the way to the small Pihea lookout at 4,285 ft at the end, you should be aware that the last bit is very steep and can be very muddy and thus represent a clallenge for inexperienced hikers in sneakers.
Written 11 October 2022
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David R
Albuquerque, NM572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Kokee State Park is basically the "end of the road" as you go up into Waimea Canyon. The views of the NaPali Coast are spectacular -- when the clouds lift enough to see.
Written 29 September 2022
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