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Holidays in Sleeping Giant Trailhead

Holiday Travel Guide

Trek over the chest of this rocky giant for views of the ocean and rivers next to the luscious terrain of eastern Kauai.

The Sleeping Giant Trailhead is a picturesque path meandering through the dense vegetation that covers the slope of Sleeping Giant mountain, officially known as Nounou. Several viewing platforms overlook the mossy rock formation and its winding river. Stop at one of the serene picnic areas between the trees to relax and appreciate the area’s natural beauty.

Follow the trail up through the gorgeous terrain to ascend almost 1,000 feet (300 meters). It is about 2 miles (3 kilometers) long and meets the mountain’s western trail near the top. Reach the summit for the spectacular vista of the Wailua River and Mount Waialeale. The peak has a sheltered picnic spot with an unforgettable view.

Capture photos of your family with a backdrop of the valley at the base of the mountain. Admire the dramatic scenery of the island of Kauai and determine your location using the ocean and landmarks in the view of the surrounding terrain.

Gaze up at birds and appreciate the lush vegetation on this path, which is lined with shrubs. The trail meanders through ironwood, silk oak and guava trees among others.

Make sure to bring sufficient water and snacks for your trip, as this natural environment has no shops or amenities. You can drink water from the streams, provided you have a purifier. Sun protection and sturdy shoes are also recommended. Be extra careful with your footing as the mud on the trail becomes slippery for some time after heavy rainfall.

Note that the mountain takes its name from its shape, which appears to show the profile of a sleeping giant. The Sleeping Giant Trailhead is one of three trails on the mountain.

The Sleeping Giant Trailhead runs along the eastern side of its namesake mountain on the eastern side of Kauai. Begin the hike beside the water pump station in the Wailua Homesteads neighborhood. Visit nearby landmarks, such as Alakukui Point, the Smith Family Garden Luau and Poliahu Park.

1064 Cheap Hotels Near Sleeping Giant Trailhead

Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (968 reviews)
"Location was perfect. Having people sleep above us was noisy."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Kauai Shores Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$527 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lihue hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Wailua Beach Park and Smith's Tropical Paradise. ...
4.1/5Very Good! (890 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great central location, and the amenities were great!! Mamahunes tiki bar was amazing and the beach was just a short walk, we loved staying there!"

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$362 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Nestled on the beach, this Kapaa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coconut Marketplace and Lae Nani Beach. Wailua Beach Park and Waipouli Beach are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (993 reviews)
"The room was filled with everything I needed, I appreciated the extra towels, and toiletries. The kitchenette area had everything needed from dishes, dish soap, sponge, dish towel, there was even a toaster! The property was beautiful and relaxing just steps from the ocean. The lounge chairs on the ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Aston Islander on the Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Plantation Hale Suites
Plantation Hale Suites
3 out of 5
525 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$309 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
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Kauai Shores Hotel
Kauai Shores Hotel
3.5 out of 5
420 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$340 per night from 30 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
3.5 out of 5
3-5920 Kuhio Hwy, Lihue, HI
The price is AU$527 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay
Aston Islander on the Beach
Aston Islander on the Beach
3 out of 5
440 Aleka Place, Kapaa, HI
The price is AU$362 per night from 24 Aug. to 24 Aug.
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Kauai Coast at the Beachboy
Kauai Coast at the Beachboy
3.5 out of 5
520 Aleka Loop, Kapaa, HI
Kauai Coast at the Beachboy
Fern Grotto Inn
Fern Grotto Inn
3.5 out of 5
4561 Kuamoo Road, Kapaa, HI
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4561 Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI
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Wailua Bay View by Vacasa
Wailua Bay View by Vacasa
3 out of 5
320 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, HI
Wailua Bay View by Vacasa
Oceanfront Condo With Great Ocean and Beach Views!
Oceanfront Condo With Great Ocean and Beach Views!
320 Papaloa Rd, Kapaa, HI
Oceanfront Condo With Great Ocean and Beach Views!
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