Fodor's Expert Review Sleeping Giant

Kapaa and Wailua Mountain

Although its true name is Nounou, this landmark mountain ridge is more commonly known as the Sleeping Giant because of its resemblance to a very large man sleeping on his back. Legends differ on whether the giant is Puni, who was accidentally killed by rocks launched at invading canoes by the Menehune, or Nunui, a gentle creature who has not yet awakened from the nap he took centuries ago after building a massive temple and enjoying a big feast. The ridge can be experienced up close via one of several trails that traverse the giant's body (see Hiking in the Activities and Tours chapter).


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Rte. 56
Kapaa, Hawaii  96746, USA

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