4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Nounou Mountain rises from the leeward (Eastern) side of Kauai, known for some of the better island weather.
Local legend tells of a giant who feasted so much at a party in his honor that he laid down for a nap and never awoke, and when you see the mountain's resemblance to a sleeping giant from the nearby town of Kapa'a you can see why the legend persists.
This is a nice little hike if you're in the area, and a great way of sampling some of Kauai's exotic plantlife and bird population. Certainly it's not the greatest trail on the island (particularly when it's up against such stiff competition) but if you're planning to be spending some time around the leeward side soaking up some rays, then it's worth checking out.
• 1,100ft (from 200 - 1,300ft)
• As with all Hawaii hikes we recommend footwear with good grip, since the terrain can get a little slippy & muddy.