HISTORIC STONE DAM

Stone Dam is open to the public!

Porter Trust has reopened Stone Dam. Access through North Shore Dog Park only. Anaina Hou and Common Ground temporarily closed.

Public Access via Common Ground Coming Soon. 

Common Ground has historically been the gateway to Stone Dam and after construction, we plan to restore public access. 

Currently, the only access point is North Shore Dog Park. 

Anaina Hou access is currently closed due to Covid-19. 

Wai Koa Loop Trail Info

1. Stone Dam is accessed through the Wai Koa Loop Trail which is 4.5 miles long and takes about 2-4 hours.

2. The hike is rated beginner / intermediate for mostly flat terrain.

3. There are no bathrooms or potable water on the trail. Plan accordingly!

What to Bring on the Trail

Shoes

While the trail is mostly flat, you'll want comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting wet and muddy. 

Sunscreen

With our proximity to the equator, it can get hot! Be sure to wear and pack sunscreen--even on cloudy days. 

Bug Spray

The trail winds through a mahogany forest, pasture land, and river valley--all places mosquitoes like to live.

Rain Gear

Kauai is one of the wettest spots on earth, and our tradewinds make the weather variable. Be sure to make a plan for the inevitable rainshower!

Snacks / Water

The trail takes about 2-4 hours round trip. Make sure to pack a snack and plenty of water. There is no potable water source on the trail. 

Kids

This trail is USUALLY great for kids--but it does depend on your child's age, activity level and the trail conditions. Proceed with caution--you might end up carrying them!

Stone Dam History

In the 1800s, Kilauea Sugar Plantation went through a period of intensive projects--such as building the first railroad in Hawaii and Stone Dam. Even though Kauai is one of the wettest spots on Earth, there wasn't enough water for the thirsty sugar cane in Kilauea. The solution was building a series of reservoirs, aqueducts, ditches, and dams to service the sugar fields, town drinking water and field workers.

Each rock was cut by hand and carefully placed. The dam needed to raise the water level 20 feet in order to utilize gravity to water the canefields during the dry season. The specially angled buttresses were designed to support the natural migration of o'opu (Hawaiian freshwater goby) up the stream.

Citations:

Writings of Uncle Jack Gushiken, private collection.

Images: Kilauea Sugar Plantation in 1912: A Snapshot by Carol MacLennan

https://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/12226

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