Hill sights in Kaua'i
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You'll enjoy solitude from other tourists at Ninini Point, where 360-degree vistas show jets swooping in the sky above and waves crashing against the rocks below. Looking east, soaring cliffs cut off rainbows and, closer in, golfers tee off near a beckoning scoop of beach.
These terrific views from Ninini Point are made more so by its 100ft lighthouse marking the northern entrance to Nawiliwili Bay. Here, Hawaiians still fish, pick 'opihi (edible limpet) and gather limu (edible seaweed). The road to the lighthouse begins off Kapule Hwy, just over 0.5 miles south of the intersection with Ahukini Rd and marked with two concrete slabs. You'll pass a guard gate (usually…
On clear days you can see the outline of the Nounou Mountain (commonly called the Sleeping Giant) atop Nounou Ridge from a marked viewpoint just north of the Waipouli Complex.
According to legend, the amicable giant fell asleep on the hillside after gorging on poi at a luau. When his menehune friends needed his help, they tried to rouse him by throwing stones. But the stones bounced from the giant's full belly into his open mouth and lodged in his throat. He died in his sleep and turned into rock.
Now he rests, stretched out on the ridge with his head in Wailua and his feet in Kapa'a. At an elevation of almost 1250ft, the giant's forehead is the highest point on the ridge.