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Climbing the Giant



2 – 3 hours from pick up to drop off (depending on meeting location); 3 – 4 miles RT, 960 ft elevation gain; Moderate/Difficult

Looking for a hike that gives you a workout with picturesque views, but Don’t have a lot of time? This hike is for you! Nounou Mountain, aka “Sleeping Giant,” is located on the East Side of Kaua’i, looming above the Wailua River – just inland from where Ancient Kauaian Ali’i (Hawaiian royalty) first chose to settle. Myths and legends abound about this landmark mountain ridge that resembles a very large man sleeping on his back.

“Up” will be the order of the day, as the trail zig-zags it’s way past lush vegetation before finally arriving on the Giant’s chin, nose and forehead (a climb of nearly 1,000 feet)! From the summit we’ll enjoy sweeping views of Mount Wai’ale’ale, the Wailua Homesteads and the entire eastern coastline!