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Private Climbing the Sleeping Giant Hike

By Kauai Hiking Tours


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  • Great workout on 2-mile (3-km) climb up the Sleeping Giant

  • Sweeping views of Mount Waialeale & Kauai's eastern coast

  • 1,000-foot (305-metre) elevation gain through lush vegetation

  • Picnic area at the top to relax over lunch & enjoy the view

  • Expert guide to share the myths & legends of Sleeping Giant

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant)

  • What's included

    Trekking poles, gloves, and traction devices as needed

  • What's included

    Fresh local fruit

  • What's included

    Use of cooler for food and drinks

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport to and from your Poipu, Lihue, or Kapaa hotel

  • What's excluded

    Lunch and drinks

Know Before You Book

  • You must have reasonable level of fitness and be able to hike on moderate terrain for approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) over the course of 3 hours. This out-and-back hike climbs 1,000 vertical feet (305 metre) in 2 miles (3.2 km) on the ascent.

  • Maximum group size is 4 people.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Lihue, Kapaa, and Poipu hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

What you can expect

Get a killer workout and earn some dazzling views from the summit on this guided hike up the Sleeping Giant. Hear the legend behind the hulking nickname of Nounou Mountain as you clamber up steep switchbacks on the ascent, and then catch your breath as you take in views of the entire eastern coastline of Kauai.

Get picked up from your hotel or meet your guide in Koloa and set off to reach the trailhead. Grab your gear, load up your snacks, and start trekking, getting your heart rate up as you tackle the steady incline on the way up. Resembling a large man sleeping on his back, Nounou Mountain has a whole host of myths and legends to its name.

Tackle the steep switchbacks as you make your way up through the forest, clocking about 1,000 vertical feet (305 metre) on the 2-mile (3-km) trail, and then emerge out of the lush vegetation onto the face of the Sleeping Giant. Find a spot at one of the picnic tables to relax and picnic if you packed a lunch, and gaze out at sweeping views of massive, waterfall-striped Mount Waialeale and the Wailua Homesteads.


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Activity Location

  • Sleeping Giant Trailhead
  • Haleilio Road
  • Kapaa Hawaii

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Hotel Pickup
    • Lihue Hawaii
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Kapaa Hawaii
    • Hotel Pickup
    • Poipu Hawaii
    • Kauai Hiking Tours
    • 1941 Poipu Road
    • Koloa Hawaii

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