For a change of scenery on Kauai, head inland up tree-lined Kuamoa Road to the beautiful Keahua Arboretum. Here, near the island’s center, the weather is a little cooler than down at the beach. Mostly shaded, and with a stream running through it, the arboretum is a nice place for a picnic lunch. Cool off in the stream and take a stroll around the green grounds. And be sure to check out the colorful Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees located across the road from the parking lot.
The peaceful arboretum is a favorite destination for local residents and tourists. Families and children can be seen hanging out at the stream, fishermen can be seen fishing near the bridge and young adults can be seen hanging out in the parking lot. Tourists are often seen strolling the grounds and checking out the trees.
Picnic tables are plentiful at the arboretum. A very basic restroom is located on a small hill beyond the eucalyptus trees.
Several trails are nearby, including the Kuilau Ridge Trail (just before the arboretum) and the Power Line Trail (located about a quarter mile past the arboretum).
The Keahua Arboretum is located at the end of Kuamo’o Road (Hwy 580) past Opaeka’a Falls. This road is also known as Loop Road. Past the arboretum, the road continues (as a dirt road) farther into the interior of Kauai for another 3.5 miles. The Jurassic Park Gate is located on this section of road. At the end of the road is a small concrete dam and the trail head for the hike to the Blue Hole. We do not recommend traveling past the arboretum in a vehicle as the road is in very poor condition.
Location at Google Maps
Keahua Arboretum Photos
Tree-lined Kuamoo Road takes you towards the center of Kauai. The road becomes narrower closer to the arboretum so watch out for oncoming traffic.
A bridge was recently built over Keahua Stream at the entrance to the arboretum.
Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees at the Keahua Arboretum.
The Keahua Stream runs through the arboretum.
Prior to the bridge there was a spillway that was used for stream crossings.