The YWCA reaches out to assist victims of sexual abuse and helps break the cycle of violent behavior by being the only provider on the island of programs for sexual assault and sex abuse treatment and prevention.
In fact, not so many generations ago, certain trails in Kokee were revered as passageways between heaven and earth. The ancient Hawaiians believed that spirits of the deceased traveled on the sacred trail of Puu Ka Pele, where they could enter the next world by jumping off the cliff to Polihale.
Today, this same breathtaking beauty is enjoyed by visitors from around the world. Camp Sloggett is the perfect retreat for a multi-day trip so that guests can fully explore the diverse landscapes of Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon, and enjoy a variety of plants and animals, many of which are endangered or unique to the region.
The Sloggett Family
The Sloggett’s knew a good thing when they saw it! Henry Digby Sloggett and his wife Etta Wilcox Sloggett enjoyed the Kokee area so much that they built a rustic family retreat there in 1925.
Etta’s sister, Elsie Wilcox, started the YWCA of Kauai in 1922, so it was appropriate that after Henry Sloggett’s death in 1938, the children donated the camp to their aunt’s cause.
The YWCA of Kauai
Since the Sloggett family generously donated their retreat to the YWCA of Kauai nearly 70 years ago, it has been visited and enjoyed by Girl Scouts, church groups, workshop participants, several Y teen and adult groups, various retreats and thousands of happy campers and families from around the globe.
By staying at Camp Sloggett, every visitor has contributed to maintaining the beauty of the area and many worthy community programs on Kauai.
Kauai is famous for its incredible variation in weather from one area to the next, and Kokee is no exception. From the mists and sedges of Alakai Swamp (the highest elevation swamp in the world) to the desert dry red dirt hills and valleys scattered throughout Waimea Canyon.
Be prepared when planning to visit the area overnight, with your typical Hawaii summertime garb and sunblock, but don’t forget the jacket and extra warm sleeping bag because temperatures can drop to a damp and chilly 40° F on an average winter night.
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