If you find yourself on the West Side of Kauai, Kalalau Lookout is
worth a "look." In fact, a lot of people make it a good side trip
when they're visiting Waimea Canyon. The lookout is 4,000 feet
above sea level (which on any Hawaiian island really means
something.) It offers a commanding view of Kalalau Valley, the
largest valley on the island of Na Pali. Also nearby is Pu'u o
Kila Lookout, which doesn't attract as many people but is still
worth the trip for the views.
When you go to any part of Hawaii sometimes you
can forget just how beautiful everything
is. At times like this, it's nice to be able to climb up and look down
and out at a beautiful landscape. It really makes you stop and think.
If you plan to make this trip, you should bring your camera and be
ready to be amazed. You can see pictures or video of a place like
this, but some places have to be seen to be fully experienced.
You do want to make sure you visit at the right time. Otherwise, you
may find the brilliant views blocked by mist or clouds. Typically, if
you want to make sure you're going to be able to see everything okay,
you'll want to plan to make it to the summit later in the afternoon.
Kalalau Lookout can be one of the greatest ways to see the beauty of
Hawaii "all at once" from a distance. It's a sight you won't soon
forget if you visit.