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Nice little jungle hike for kids?

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Nice little jungle hike for kids?

been to kauai several times, but am now coming w/ two kids, 4 and 7.

i'm looking for a nice little hike in some lush greenery, maybe next to a stream - if possible.....thinking of something similar to 'Iao needle, if anyone is familiar w/ that.

thanks

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1. Re: Nice little jungle hike for kids?

We have done the Nounou hike with kids as young as 5 (who have had hiking experience) and it was mostly easy with a rewarding view at the top. We use the west entrance off of Kamalu road as it is shorter. The story of the Sleeping Giant always gets retold, making the trip more interesting for the little ones. It's always fun to drive by afterward on the highway and hear the kids say "we climbed that mountain" as they point to Sleeping Giant.

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2. Re: Nice little jungle hike for kids?

The two hikes I can think are Hoopii Falls and the start of the Makaleha Springs trail. Both have lush forest and a stream that the children can play in. Both are on the east side, towards the interior. Neither are big trails or state parks like Iao Needle.

At Hoopii Falls, you can go less than 1 mile R/T of easy hiking to the stream then to top of the first falls. It's 2.5 miles R/T to the second falls, with a bit more difficulty, but very lush and pretty. You can play in the water at the base of the second falls, there is even a huge pool for swimming downstream of the falls--if the water's not too stagnant.

At Makaleha, it can be muddier if it's been raining, but there is an old ditch to explore and a bamboo forest if you can cross the stream at the old cement dam. Around the dam, the kids can splash and play in the stream if water conditions are clear. If you go into the bamboo, the trail gets smaller and smaller, and eventually reaches the stream again--this is where I'd turn around because it's much harder hiking afterwards. It's about 1 mile R/T to that point.

Also, we always recommend the Kuilau Ridge hike to families, it's an easy 2.25 mile R/T hike with great views of the interior. Also, not on the hike but back at the parking lot, you can play in the river (the N Fork of the Wailua River). If the flow is low and clear, you can swim in some rock pools downstream of the road crossing. There's even a rope swing further down, but I can't recommend that here. If you drive or walk across the river, you're at the arboratum, which is nice to walk around. If you walk down and around from the restrooms, there is a lily pond too.

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3. Re: Nice little jungle hike for kids?

thanks...

the arboretum on the n. fork of the wailua was the only one we could find looking online....it's surprisingly difficult to research this on the net. we bought a new guide book, lonely planet, which is very good, and has a great family section, but not so great on the family hikes.

the only other one we found was kawaikoi stream trail, in koke'e state park, but it says you need a 4wd to get to the trailhead.

eastside is perfect b/c we're staying at the beachboy.....thanks again for the tips everyone.

i think the best time we had on maui last summer was watching the kids play around in the stream in their underwear. can't wait to bring the kids back to our honeymoon spot 10 years later!

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4. Re: Nice little jungle hike for kids?

We also have two kids (4 and 6) and a trip we would suggest is a combo kayak and hike. We rented kayaks and went up to the secret falls. You can do double kayaks with a kid in each one and head up stream, getting out at the secret falls trail. The trail is about a mile but pretty simple (this may change depending on weather and slipperiness however.)

The other trails we did while there I wouldn't suggest for little ones.

Have a great time - the hiking is beautiful.

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