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Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant), Kauai

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Quick Facts

  • Name: Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant)
  • Where: Wailua in East Kauai
  • What: Hiking trail up a mountain ridge shaped like a sleeping giant

East Side

On Kauai’s East Side between Wailua and Kapaa, is the Nounou Mountain range, more famously known as Sleeping Giant. Stare at the ridge from afar and with a little imagination you can make out what looks like a human figure lying on his back. Hawaiian legends say this giant was tricked by villagers into eating a vast amount of rocks hidden in fish and poi. Sleepy from the meal, the giant took a nap and hasn’t woken since.

Sleeping Giant also offers a scenic hiking trail. The Nounou Trail is less than a 2-mile hike to the top of Sleeping Giant. The east Kauai views from the top of the ridge are beautiful. The Nounou trail head can be found on Halelilo Road in Wailua.