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Waipi'o Valley, Island of Hawaii

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Hike down into dramatic Waipi'o Valley to see the tallest waterfalls on the island plunging from steep cliffs, a black sand beach, and fields of taro. The valley measures 1.6 km (1 mi) across and 8 km (5 mi) long and the cliffs, and mountains on either side plunge down 600 m (2000 ft). Check out Hiilawe Falls, which drop 400 m (1,300 ft) at the back of the valley. When you reach the beach, you can cross the river that bisects it if the tide is out. Pack a light lunch, wear comfortable clothes and hiking shoes, and bring sunscreen and a hat to make the long, steep hike down from the top of the valley easier. If you choose to drive down, make sure it’s in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, given the bumpy road. Arrange to visit Waipi'o Valley and other attractions in Honokaa using our Honokaa trip itinerary builder.
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  • There are tour companies which will drive you down into the valley - a good thing! We have a friend with a 4x4 who's been several times and offered to take us. WOW. We saw walkers...it's a 25% grade.  more »
  • The first sight of the huge cliffs sweeping down to the ocean is breathtaking. This wondrous secluded valley of the kings and the Hōlua sled riders is a sacred place and one of Hawai'i's last undevelo...  more »
  • The view from the top is very beautiful. With lush green valley and farm fields at the bottom. The ocean and cliffs make for some pretty pics. There is a bathroom located at this point. Be prepared to...  more »