Okolehao Trail

Trail in Halele‘a Forest Reserve


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    1.78 miles

Contact Information


The trail provides picturesque views of Hanalei Valley and Bay. It follows a ridge top route established in the days of prohibition, when Okolehao, a Hawaiian liquor was being distilled from the roots of Ki plants, some of which still remain alongside the trail route. Access is from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service parking area off Ohiki Road in Hanalei Valley. The trail travels into Halelea Forest Reserve and ends at a hill called Kaukaopua.

Allowed Activities
Rifle Hunting
Rules & Regulation
Stay On Trail
Dogs On Leash
Allowed Access

Additional Information

Special Conditions

The lower section of this trail is maintained by the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge. Sections of the upper trail is maintained by the Sierra Club Kauai Chapter. Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk. Downloadable resources are provided below.


  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pedestrian


  • Picnic Table
  • Shelter


  • Cultural Study
  • Nature Study


  • Dangerous Cliff
  • Hunting Area
  • Landslides

Dog Owners

Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.

Simple Trail Tips

  1. Stay on the trail. 
  2. Check the weather 
  3. Watch the time 
  4. Avoid undue risk 
  5. Read all posted signs 
  6. Respect other trail users 
  7. Pack out at least what you pack in