0.1 Miles / 0.2 km
Time to Hike:
~5 minutes
Surface Type:
Waimea Canyon State Park
Waimea, Hawaii
22.10968, -159.67011
July 01, 2022
July 20, 2022
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The Ni'ihau Lookout at Waimea Canyon State Park in Waimea, Hawaii (Kauai) is an easy 0.1-miile out-and-back trail that leads to a vista of the island of Ni'ihau (Niihau) alongside the Lehua Crater on the horizon.

This is not a hike, but rather a quick walk along a dirt path that leads to the lookout. At the lookout is a very old sign, as of June 2022, with information about Niihau; however, due to weathering, it's extremely difficult to read. Alternatively, Wikipedia has a really interesting page on Ni'ihau where folks can learn more about the dry, isolated, and privately-owned island. The lookout itself seems very old, like it hasn't been maintained in years since trees are now starting to overtake parts of the view.

Parking & Fees
Visitors will find a large parking lot at the coordinates provided. The lot is large enough to fit several dozen vehicles and overflow parking can be found on the road. There's a vehicle entry fee in addition to individual fees as of June, 2022. By paying for one parking lot, the tickets are valid for all parking lots that require fees for both the Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke'e State Park. Note that for visitors with valid Hawaiian drivers licenses, there are no fees to park or enter.

Respecting the Land
Hawaiian land is considered sacred to native Hawaiians and many locals, so please stay on-trail, take nothing but photos, and leave nothing but footprints. Respect the locals - don't stay for long and have a backup hike planned in case the parking lot is full.

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  1. Parking

    22.10968, -159.67011
  2. Main Trailhead

    22.109393, -159.670093
  3. Ni'ihau Lookout

    22.109386, -159.670517
    Ni'ihau Lookout
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0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Trail added
July 01, 2022
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July 01, 2022
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July 20, 2022
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
July 01, 2022

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