PUU KA PELE FOREST RESERVE
Located in the northwestern part of the island of Kauai, Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve features 2,000-foot-deep canyons, scenic valleys with stone ruins, streams, and the Waimea River. There are areas of scrub vegetation as well as dense forests here.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are available on several trails which lead down through Waimea Canyon, Waialae Canyon, and Koaie Canyon. Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous.
Camping Regulations: There are several designated camping areas in the canyons, and camping is restricted to these sites. A permit must be obtained from the Division of Forestry office. It’s also necessary to register at the trailhead upon entering and leaving. Maximum stay allowed is four nights.
For Further Information: Puu Ka Pele Forest Reserve, c/o Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 3060 Eiwa Street, Room 306, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766; (808)245-4433.