Cascade of Clouds Blanket Waimea Canyon

The plan was to do more than just the lookout. Joel and I had grand plans of experiencing Kokee via the 9.5-mile long Nualolo-Awaawapuhi Trail. Considered to be the most glorious ridge trail of the collection of trails that make up Kokee State Park. These plans would be scrapped, however, with the vicious rain and flash-flooding that attacked the island during our Spring Break stay. Meh. The mountains will always be there and we’re just an island away. We’ll save it for another trip. Maybe a day trip? We still found our way to Waimea Canyon, though. The drive up and the various lookouts would be our little glimpse into what we will, hopefully, experience in greater detail in the future.

First peak into Waimea Canyon. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

First peak into Waimea Canyon. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Relative clarity help with depth perception. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Relative clarity help with depth perception. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Hooting mountains. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Hooting mountains. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Rivers below. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Rivers below. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Tip. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Tip. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Cheesy tourist smile. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Cheesy tourist smile. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Waimea Canyon Lookout. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Waimea Canyon Lookout. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Another view of the Canyon. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Another view of the Canyon. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Yeah, I should be hiking that instead. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Yeah, I should be hiking that instead. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Erosion. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Erosion. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The quintessential tourist photo. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The quintessential tourist photo. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

This is the view from the Puu Hinahina Lookout. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

This is the view from the Puu Hinahina Lookout. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Explorers: Coty Gonzales and Joel Sabugo.

Directions: Drive up from the coast on Highway 50 from the town of Kekaha, which is about 3 miles past the town of Waimea. Highway signs clearly mark the turn up to the mountain parks. Continue to drive up the road and you will see signs directing you to the various lookout points.

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