Kuia Natural Area Reserve occupies 1,636 acres in the Waimea district of Kauai. Elevation ranges from 2,000 to 3,900 feet, encompassing lowland and montane vegetation types (communities). Many rare plant taxa are found within the Reserve's mesic and wet forests.
The Kuia Reserve protects important rare native communities and associated rare species. Two of the native natural communities are considered rare, as they are known from less than 20 locations worldwide. The Reserve is used by the public for hiking and hunting; Nualolo Trail is a frequently hiked trail.
Natural Communities: 5 total, 2 rare
Kauai Diverse Lowland Mesic Forest
Koa/`Ohi`a Mixed Montane Mesic Forest
`A`ali`i Lowland Dry Shrubland
Koa/`Ohi`a Lowland Mesic Forest
`Ohi`a/Uluhe Montane Wet Forest
Native Plants: 160 total taxa, 54 rare
Native Animals: 9 total taxa, 1 rare
Some Rare Plants of Kuia NAR
*Illustrations provided by the Hawaiian Native Plant website through the Department of Botany, University of Hawaii.