Nounou Mountain

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Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant)

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.

The Sleeping Giant Trail is one of three Nounou Mountain Trails. Enjoy a stunning hike through a shaded forest of ironwood, guava and silk oak. It’s less than a 2-mile hike to the top where you’ll discover breathtaking views. The trail head can be found on Halelilo Road in Wailua.