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Puʻu o Kila Lookout

Top choice in Waimea Canyon & the Westside

A mile beyond the Kalalau Lookout, the paved park road dead-ends at the Pu‘u o Kila Lookout. The views of Kalalau Valley, plummeting 4000ft below, are similarly spectacular, but it’s usually less crowded. This is also the trailhead for the Pihea Trail. It’s well worth hiking a short way along, though beyond the first half-mile it gets physically challenging.

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Nearby Waimea Canyon & the Westside attractions

1. Kalalau Lookout

0.94 MILES

Shortly before the end of the highway, the Kalalau Lookout commands a fabulous overview of Kalalau Valley, sweeping around its towering green-swathed…

2. Pihea Lookout

1.03 MILES

Sitting at 4284ft, atop a ludicrously steep and slippery little hillock, this high-arching lookout provides great views down across the valleys. To reach…

3. Kumuwela Lookout

1.98 MILES

This overlook marks the end of the Canyon Trail. Enjoy epic canyon and waterfall views as you rest at the picnic table.

4. Koke‘e Natural History Museum

2.06 MILES

This two-room museum doubles as the visitor center for Koke‘e State Park. Helpful staff provide detailed current hiking advice, and sell useful, albeit…

5. Kilohana Lookout


The reward for hikers who make it all the way through bog and forest to the far end of the Alaka‘i Swamp Trail, the Kilohana Lookout (4022ft) commands…

6. Kokeʻe State Park

2.84 MILES

Besides the two Na Pali lookouts at the end of the paved highway, Koke‘e State Park is the starting point for almost 50 miles of outstanding hiking trails…

7. Awa‘awapuhi Lookout

3.17 MILES

Right at the end of the 3.1-mile Awa‘awapuhi Trail, this incredible overlook affords hard-earned views over a tortuous, sheer-walled valley that snakes…

8. Waipo'o Falls

3.55 MILES

Although they're across on the far wall of the canyon, these 800ft falls cam be seen from several vantage points along Waimea Canyon Dr, including the Pu…