Waipio Valley Lookout, Honokaa

Waipio Valley Lookout is located in Honokaa. To visit Waipio Valley Lookout on your trip to Honokaa, use our Honokaa travel itinerary planner.
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  • Waipio Valley is the sacred valley of the kings, a pristine valley at the northern art of the Big Island, Anyone can see that this view is awesome and the senses reel at its beauty. There are restroom...  more »
  • The trail to the lookout point was longer than we would have expected it, but it's very nice when you look from the viewpoint of the Valley, the beach and the cliffs.
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  • Beautiful view, not much else unless you want to hike down (and back up) to the valley. I don't have anything else to say  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful. You can not go down to the falls itself, as it is privately owned. I highly suggest that if you are driving here that you drive or rent an SUV. You can hike down to the bottom but it's pretty steep terrain. You can also hitchhike to the bottom, as Hawaiians are super cool, but it's understandable if that's not your thing. Lastly there is a tour that takes you to the bottom, but the tour is 1.5 hours and cost $60 per person. Honestly it wasn't clear what the tour was about, but it's a way to the bottom if you really don't want to drive. In short, drive here, take pictures and leave. If you have an SUV, drive to the bottom and hang out at the beach.
  • Stunning views. Road down requires four wheel drive due to grade. I do a lot of off-roading so it didn't seem that steep to me, but I can see how people could get an accident. Road at the bottom was muddy, but not horrible. "Wild" horses aren't really wild, will eat right out of your hand. Beach is stunning and river is an added touch. Hiking in the valley is amazing if you have the time. I could spend multiple days here.
  • Beautiful! If you plan on going here, make sure you rent a 4x4 vehicle. There is a path in which you can take to get down into the valley. If you don't have a 4x4 truck you are still able to get a decent view of the valley. Parking is not great and limited, with additional parking on the street. This is definitely a must see wonder!
  • Very beautiful lookout. Looks over a black sand beach, but it is even more worth the drive all the way down to the beach. It's not a long drive, and you can also walk down, but it is quite steep and you must have 4 wheel drive to access it. You can either turn left at the fork and see a waterfall, or turn right and go to the beach. The roads and the beach were well maintained and very beautiful. The waves were very very large, and so we didn't risk going too far into the water but we still had a lot of fun.
  • What a view! We didn't do the trek into the valley, so it was nice to have this vantage point. If there isn't parking in the lot, you can park along the street. Great information signs on the history of this place. It's definitely worth the detour drive to get here and a must do on the big island.

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