|"Sleeping Giant" Nounou Mountain
There are 3 different trail heads to begin your journey to the top of Nounou Mountain. All 3 are totally different.
Kuamoo Trail begins ½ mile past Opaekaa Falls off Kuamoo Road. Look for the brown sign and yellow gate on the same side
of the road as the falls. The trail begins beside several homes and the trail is tree canopy lined. After 100 yards you will cross
the river that feeds Opaekaa Falls by a nice wooden bridge. The trail gently rises and falls through dense forest, ferns, and
moss. You hear the birds all around or were they mosquitoes. Better pack lots of spray! The trail is about 2 miles long but is a
fairly easy hike if not wet. Expect mud though. Kaumoo Trail ends at the intersection of the Nounou West Trail in a grove of
Norfork pine trees planted in the 1930’s.
Nounou Mt West Trail: Turn right onto Kamalu Road (Hwy 581), which is about 1 mile from the Opaekaa Falls viewing area up
Kuamoo Road, look for telephone pole #11. There you will find the yellow gate and Nounou Trail sign. The trail starts next to a
residential area and at the end of the homes the trail starts switchbacking through Norfork pines. The west trail goes up the
mountain between the rows of pines. The Nounou Trail climbs to a peak and sheltered picnic area on sleeping giant’s chest.
This vantage offers views of the ocean, Wailua River and Mt. Waialeale. The trail is steep, muddy, and wet at times.
Nounou Mt East Trail: To access the east trailhead, turn up mauka onto Halelilio Road off of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56). The
parking area for the trailhead is paved and well marked. It is located on the east side of Halelilo Road. The Nounou Trail-East is
a 1.75 mile hike This is a very clearly marked trail that climbs 1,000 feet above sea level and treats hikers to gorgeous views of
the coastal areas of Kapa’a, Makahela Mountain, and Mt. Wai’ale’ale. The east trail is the most direct way to the top of
Sleeping Giant. Trail-goers will take part in a moderately strenuous ascent through groves of guava trees and lantana. The trail
can be muddy and steep as you traverse the volcanic rocks. The east trail meets up with the west 1.5 miles in.