The Judd Trail & Kaniakapupu Ruins
Last weekend Chad and I did some adventuring to find the Kaniakapupu Ruins while we were out hiking the Judd Trail.
So finding the Judd Trail took us a little more time than we expected and we just so happen to stumble upon the Kaniakapupu Ruins while we were looking for it.
With that being said, I’m going to explain how you can find both without getting lost!
Scroll down to read about the Judd Trail & Kaniakapupu Ruins!
Finding Judd Trail
Okay so, the Judd Trail is located down the street from the parking lot of Lulumahu Falls. If you don’t know where that is, it’s off of Pali Highway.
You will see a parking lot off the Pali Highway – do not park here for the Judd Trail – next to the parking lot is a road – drive down the road!
When you’re driving down the road you’ll pass a few houses and come along a short bridge and eventually you’ll see the trailhead for Judd Trail. It’s clearly marked so you can’t miss it!
About the Judd Trail
The Judd Trail is a loop and I’m not entirely sure how long it is – we didn’t keep track. We found this trail to be a little confusing so the advice I’m going to give is what we would do if we were to hike this trail again (which I don’t think we will, it’s not one of the best hikes we’ve done before).
Starting off you will almost immediately cross a stream to get to the actual trail. Depending on how hard it has rained and how much depends on how hard this stream will be flowing so take caution.
After you cross the stream you can go either straight or right – go right after crossing the stream.
We went straight and we felt like it took us to the middle of the hike.
I read that there are two waterfalls on this hike but we only found one. It’s off the side of the trail and I honestly don’t know if we would have found it if it weren’t for some kids playing in it.
About the waterfall
So there were some kids jumping off the rocks into the water but depending on where they landed, they could have seriously injured themselves with how shallow the water is next to the deep part – just some fair warning.
Follow the stream to get to the waterfall, you’ll see it immediately when you start on the trail
Finding the Kaniakapupu Ruins
The Kaniakapupu Ruins trailhead is down the same road as the Judd Trail but it comes before it! The trail head is pretty distinct once you find it but it doesn’t say anything about the ruins. See below:
You’ll come to a point in the path where you can either go straight or left – go left to find the ruins. And then just keep going straight until you arrive.
It’s a pretty short distance and there’s no huge incline or anything so it’s really easy to get to the ruins.
About the Kaniakapupu Ruins
The Kaniakapupu Ruins is home to King Kamehameha III summer palace. The main significance of the ruins is this is where a luau of 10,000 people were in attendance of. If you visit the grounds, you will creaky see how unbelievable that is considering the area of the ruins.
If you visit the ruins, please do not disturb the ruins by climbing on the old structures, taking pieces away or vandalizing the build. This site is unfortunately not kept up so it is up to the people who visit the site to leave it the way it is.
Pictures of the ruins:
- BUG SPRAY!
- Hiking shoes
- Change of shoes
- Water to rinse off with
If you pack anything on this trip, let it be the bug spray! Plus a towel, a change of shoes and maybe some water to rinse off with!
PS: If you go straight when on the path to the Kaniakapupu Ruins, you’ll eventually come to a rushing waterfall that you can definitely hear but not see.
My husband climbed down to it and this is what it looked like:
However, this waterfall is on someones property we believe so be mindful and respectful.
Have you been to the Kaniakapupu Ruins before? What did you think of the Judd Trail? It wash’t my favorite but oh well! Comment below your thoughts on the Judd Trail!