Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant)

According to a Native Hawaiian legend, some villagers tricked the giant into eating an enormous amount of rocks hidden in poi and fish – this meal made him very tired, so he laid down to take a nap and never woke up since then.

Panoramic view from the Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Nounou Mountain East Trail

You can choose between three different trails: the east, south and west trail. My friends and I decided to walk the east trail which is only 2 miles to the top. The four-mile round-trip is said to be the most beautiful of the three trails.  This moderate hike with a 960-foot elevation gain leads you straight to the giant’s head and rewards you with a panoramic 360 degree view. On clear days, you can not only see the ocean, but also Wailua River and Mt. Wai’ale’ale.

Viewpoint Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

During the hike, there are several viewpoints – make sure to take a few moments to enjoy the view!

Hiking the Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Reaching the giant’s head

View from the top of Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

View from the Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.
Hiking Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Panorama from the Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Spider Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Spider Sleeping Giant Mountain on Kaua'i.

Some useful information

  • The trail starts at a parking lot at Haleilio Road where you can also park your car. We rode a bike from Kapa’a and it took us about half an hour to get there.
  • Free parking is available at the beginning of the east trail
  • Wear proper shoes, if it has rained recently, the trail can be very muddy and slippery
  • Bring enough water and don’t forget your sunscreen
  • Don’t take too many photos, take a few moments to enjoy this incredible view!!
  • Insider’s tip: Hike up there very early in the morning and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing sunrise