Return to Experience Kauai
From mauka to makai and back on up again. The beauty and excitement of Kauai extends as far as the sandy beaches of Poipu to the tip-top of Mt. Wai'ale'ale. It's hard to completely take in all that is Kauai if you're just sitting on a beach, but when you're 5,000 feet above sea level, there, can you truly capture the vastness of this tiny rock in the middle of the ocean.

A great place to experience this side of Kauai is from the Koke'e State Park; it is located on the West Side of Kauai, North of Waimea town. Koke'e offers visitors an excellent spot to explore an estimated 45 miles of hiking trails; you will be able to witness valley lookouts, lush rainforests', and swampy terrain. To learn more about the different hikes, click here. Those who have an interest in the geology, ecology, and climatology of Kauai, may want to checkout the Koke'e Museum. Visitors can gain some valuable tips on the surrounding area as well as information on volunteering to aid the forestry services. If you want to know more about the Koke'e Museum, click here. If you get an appetite while up in Koke'e, make a stop at the Koke'e Lodge, right across to the museum. It's a fully operating restaurant that provides a place for visitors to unwind after a long day out adventuring or for those that are just preparing for the trek ahead. You may even inquire about cabin rentals if you're thinking about spending a night in the wilderness. 

One thing to remember, this is a fair warning: you will lose cellular service once up at Koke'e. That can't be a bad thing, right?