As you drive around the island of Kauai, the beautiful, green mountains towards the island’s center are always pleasantly eye-catching. One ridge that’s particularly interesting is Nounou Mountain, which appears to have the profile of a sleeping giant. In fact, the mountain is more commonly dubbed Sleeping Giant.
Per GoHawaii.com, the Hawaiian legend of Nounou Mountain is:
… this giant was tricked by villagers into eating a vast amount of rocks hidden in fish and poi. Sleepy from the meal, the giant took a nap and hasn’t woken since.
You can see Sleeping Giant from many spots around the east side of Kauai. On our last trip to Kauai, we went in search of the best vantage point to see this mountain. In the end, we tend to agree with Kauai Revealed, that the cul-de-sac turnout at the end of Kipuni Place off of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56) in Kapaa, is best. (See this link for a Google Map to create your own directions to this viewing spot.) This vantage point is fairly easy to access and provides a good angle to view the giant’s profile.
There is a hiking trail that leads to the top of the mountain and ends at the giant’s chest. This link provides a bit of information about the hike.
Have you seen Kauai’s sleeping giant?