OKOLEHAU TRAIL
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Okolehau Trail is referred to as “The Puffer”. It gains 1250 feet in 2.5 miles. The first 2/3 of a mile the Okolehau Trail is really the
remains of an old dirt road. You climb, climb, climb. The footing is generally good unless a good rain came through recently.
There are 2 major plateau’s on the trail. The first nice overlook is at 2/3 miles next to the tall powerline pole. At the one mile
mark look for this unusual tree that I call “Woody”. Keep climbing another 5 minutes and you reach the first plateau which is flat
and has "ti" plants on it. You have sweeping views of Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Pier (South Pacific), the Kilauea Lighthouse,
Princeville, the taro fields you left behind, and Bali Hai. The next .25 of a mile is pretty flat then at the 1.5 mile mark it turns steep
again and is far more muddy but the reward is ahead.At the “END” of the Okolehau Trail is another plateau and you see
everything you did before plus the Hanalei River coming out of the mountain valley and a close up view of all the mountains
including Wai’ale’ale. In total you see 1/5 of the entire island!You will find the Okolehau Trail off the main road from Princeville.
Go toward Kee Beach on 560 leaving Princeville. Once you get to the bottom of the hill and cross the first one lane bridge take
an immediate left by the taro fields. You will go down the road about ½ a mile to a parking lot across from the start of the trail.
There are usually plenty of hiking sticks leaning against the bridge.