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Waipio Valley Lookout, Honokaa

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Reviews
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  • A great spot to sit and have a snack or go for a hike. We took pictures and there is a restroom there. There are a few informative signs about the place which was nice. Gorgeous view.  more »
  • This is absolutely a worthwhile excursion while on the Big Island. I wish we had driven to the bottom but did not want to risk anything in a rental vehicle. The view from the top is spectacular. It is...  more »
  • A breathtaking view. And a great hike for those with the time and energy! If you hike down - allow :30 each way, take water and good shoes. The rewards of the hike include a beautiful river flowing in...  more »
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  • Beautiful lookout which also serves as the trailhead for those looking to hike or 4x4 down into the valley. We just came for the lookout which is worth all of about 30 minutes. It looks like the pictures and the history of the valley is quite interesting, having been as isolated as it has been. It would be nice if there were a few shops worth visiting out here as it's quite a haul from Hilo or pretty much anywhere on the island.
  • This is one of the highlights of the Big Island of Hawaii. Amazing view of the valley and waterfall going into the ocean. If you have 4x4 you can drive down to the beach, if not you get to walk a nice 1.5 miles down the hill to the beach.
  • This valley lookout has long been on the bucket list. Situated about 45 minutes out of Waimea, the drive is pretty with rolling hills and forests before arriving at this special and sacred place. Known as the Valley of the Kings as it was home to many great Hawaiian rulers, this valley was used in ancient times to grow the islands staple crop ~ Kalo or Taroas its known amongst other Pacific islanders ~ which they then pounded into Poi. The valley was said to be the most fertile area on the big island so was home to thousands with many ancient temples helping to give this area it's cultural and sacred significance. The valley was the heart of this area and a thriving village until it was decimated by a Tsunami in the 1940s upon when most folk left and moved up the mountain. Access to the valley floor is now restricted and not recommended being only accessible by 4wheel drive as its very steep and winding. To get to the lookout requires a short walk down a steep incline from the small carpark. The views are breathtaking with waterfalls, ocean, valleys and cliffs all visible from one single shot. You can still see the crops in the valley as a small group of farmers and locals still call the valley home.
  • Good views of the beach and a waterfall on the far side of the valley. Worth driving down to see two more very tall waterfalls at the back of the valley and to go down to the beach. Seriously need a jeep to at least get to the beach and recommended for just getting down and back up one of the steepest roads in the world.
  • An amazing looking valley. There's a steep road down to the valley floor where you can get to a beech but you need a 4x4 for the drive. If you decide to walk, be aware that the road is steep and the walk back up a little strenuous.