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Lately we have been spending most of our down time at the beach and I realized I haven’t done an adventure post in a while, so this past weekend we decided it was time to get out and explore! We wanted to take Mia on a hike, but we wanted to make sure it would be easy enough for her, so we decided to go to the Kuamo’o Nounou Trail (a.k.a. Sleeping Giant). This trail is located in Wailua on the East Side of the island and conveniently starts right behind Cijay’s parents house. My husband grew up spending most of his time on this trail so he knew that it would be a great spot for us to go as a family. There are three different spots that you can hike Sleeping Giant and the Kuamo’o Nounou Trail is the easiest of the three.
The Kuamo’o Nounou Trail is a quick and easy hike that you can do with your whole family. The full trail is 2.5 miles each way. It will lead you over the Opaekaa Stream and through a lush forest up to an open area with beautiful views of Kalepa Ridge and upper Wailua Homesteads. About 1 mile in, there is a covered picnic table area with beautiful views that are great for a quick rest or picnic. At 1.8 miles in, this trail will meet up with the west trail and lead you up the mountain through a forest of strawberry guava, wild orchids, and eucalyptus trees. This trail does become a little bit more difficult if you continue on the ridge toward the head of the mountain, but you will get an unbelievable 360-degree view of the East Side of Kauai at the top!
We only went to the 1.8 mile mark of the trail, any further would have been too difficult to bring Mia. It was the perfect distance for her to keep up and stay interested. My mom was also able to join us on this hike, so it was fun to have a chance to give her a little tour. Even though Mia was able to walk majority of the trail, we ended up carrying her most of the time because she was so interested in all of her surroundings that she was moving very slow, so it would have taken way too long if we let her walk the whole way, haha. I’m happy though that she enjoyed it so much. I love watching how amazed and excited she gets discovering new things when we’re outdoors. I mean, this is the whole reason we moved to Kauai, for Mia to have these experiences! I can’t wait till she gets a little older and we can start taking her on more advanced hikes and greater adventures!