Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and Wai Koa Plantation Announce Agreement to Protect the Popular Wai Koa Loop Trail on Kauai

Hawaiian Islands Land Trust and Wai Koa Plantation announced today that that an agreement has been reached to preserve the popular Wai Koa Loop Trail in Kīlauea Kauaʻi.

Joan Porter, owner of Wai Koa Plantation stated, “My family and I are very pleased to work with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust to protect and preserve this popular walking trail for the people of Kauai.  Wai Koa was very special to my husband, Bill, and I know he would be deeply grateful for the opportunity to conserve it in perpetuity.” The agreement will ensure that the trail and access to the scenic Stone Dam will be preserved for future generations.

“The Hawaiian Islands Land Trust is excited that this trail which provides significant scenic and outdoor recreational opportunities for Kauai’s residents will be preserved and continue to provide for the health and well-being of the people of Kauai,” said HILT CEO Kawika Burgess.

The Wai Koa Loop Trail is a 4.5-mile hiking trail located in Kilauea Kauai and can be accessed through the Anaina Hou Community Park located at 5-2723 Kuhio Highway in Kilauea, Kauai. The hike is free, but hikers are asked to sign a waiver at Anaina Hou where maps of the trail are also available. The trail provides beautiful views of the Namahana Mountains, an historic stone dam, the Kilauea Forest, as well as the largest mahogany plantation in the United States. The trail is open from 9:00 am to dusk and takes between 2.5 to 4 hours to complete the hike. For more information about the trail visit: http://anainahou.org/park-features/the-wai-koa-loop-trail/.