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Wiliwili Division of Forestry and Wildlife


The 2-1/2 mile long Kukui Trail descends 2200 feet down to the bottom of the Waimea Canyon. There you will find the tree covered Wiliwili Campground. Situated next to the Waimea River within the Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve the site is equipped with a trail shelter and composting toilet. Please be aware that the Waimea River is prone to flash flooding during heavy rains.

See the brochure, Hiking Safely in Hawaii


2 hour hike from road.  Trailhead 0.75 miles past Mile Marker 8 on HWY 550. Access via Kukui Trail, 2.5 miles down to campsite.

Special Conditions

DANGER: Do not try to access this campsite during stormy weather or if there is heavy rain in the mountains. These conditions will lead to possible flash flooding which will make stream crossing potentially hazardous and life threatening.

Absolutely no open fires are allowed in the Canyon. All fires must be in a containment device (e.g.: gas stove).

Leptospirosis is a real threat and you should assume all untreated water may be contaminated with the Leptospira bacteria. If using stream water, filters may not be sufficient to remove the bacteria so it is advisable to boil or chemically treat the water.

You will be hiking and camping in a designated public hunting area. Wear bright colored clothing and stay on marked trails.


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