Mohihi-Waialae Trail

22.11739 , -159.60169

United States Of America

The best site to find native forest birds on Kaua'i, but perhaps the least accessible trail on the island. Requires a 6.5 mile drive down a 4WD only road to get to trailhead. Only realistic place to find Akikiki (expected to be extinct in the wild by 2024), and the best place to find Akekee and Puaiohi, not likely to be seen anywhere else. Best place to find Anianiau, and best place on Kaua'i to find Iiwi. Apapane are very common, Kauai Elepaio are common, Kauai Amakihi are fairly common. Most of the birds (including rarest ones) found about 3.5 miles into the trail. Hike is somewhat strenuous, somewhat overgrown, little-traveled, and has some points with a narrow trail that may collapse somewhat underfoot on the edge of steep slopes into inaccessible wilderness. Caution and company advised.

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Coordinates were set by Adrian Burke : 22.1174/-159.6017 (2022-09-13 05:15:52 )

Site name was set by Adrian Burke as "Mohihi-Waialae Trail" (2022-09-13 05:15:52 )

Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:23:22
The best site to find native forest birds on Kaua'i, but perhaps the least accessible trail on the island. Requires a 6.5 mile drive down a 4WD only road to get to trailhead. Only realistic place to find Akikiki (expected to be extinct in the wild by 2024), and the best place to find Akekee and Puaiohi, not likely to be seen anywhere else. Best place to find Anianiau, and best place on Kaua'i to find Iiwi. Apapane are very common, Kauai Elepaio are common, Kauai Amakihi are fairly common. Most of the birds (including rarest ones) found about 3.5 miles into the trail. Hike is somewhat strenuous, somewhat overgrown, little-traveled, and has some points with a narrow trail that may collapse somewhat underfoot on the edge of steep slopes into inaccessible wilderness. Caution and company advised.

List up to ca. 25 species that:
• have a limited distribution range and/or are rare on a global level
• are most sought-after by birdwatchers at this site
• and are relatively easy to see at this site (year-round or seasonally)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Kauai Elepaio (Chasiempis sclateri)
Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri)
Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi)
Apapane (Himatione sanguinea)
Iiwi (Drepanis coccinea)
Anianiau (Magumma parva)
Kauai Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri)
Akekee (Loxops caeruleirostris)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:24:54)

Kauai Amakihi (Chlorodrepanis stejnegeri) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:18:03)

Kauai Elepaio (Chasiempis sclateri) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:17:28)

Anianiau (Magumma parva) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:17:19)

Apapane (Himatione sanguinea) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:17:08)

Iiwi (Drepanis coccinea) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:16:57)

Akekee (Loxops caeruleirostris) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:16:48)

Puaiohi (Myadestes palmeri) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:16:35)

Akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi) was added by Adrian Burke (2022-09-13 05:16:24)

Year-round, but most likely accessible during the relatively dry summer.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:23
Year-round, but most likely accessible during the relatively dry summer.

Drive up Waimea Canyon Drive and turn right onto the Mohihi-Camp 10 Road at the Koke'e Lodge. 4WD vehicles only! 6.5 mile 4WD road is very rough and may be impassable, even with 4WD.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:19
Drive up Waimea Canyon Drive and turn right onto the Mohihi-Camp 10 Road at the Koke'e Lodge. 4WD vehicles only! 6.5 mile 4WD road is very rough and may be impassable, even with 4WD.

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Native, endemic, and threatened plants. Some good views of Waimea Canyon.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:24
Native, endemic, and threatened plants. Some good views of Waimea Canyon.

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No cell phone service.

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Edited by Adrian Burke on 2022-09-13 05:24
No cell phone service.
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