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Waipi'o Valley, Island of Hawaii

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Valley Historic Walking Area
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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  • You HAVE to see this! If you have a rental car, 2WD, or AWD don't bother driving down. Walk. The sand is gorgeous & feels soft, slightly fluffy. There is a place you can look up for horse back riding ...  more »
  • The road down is crazy! We walked down and thank god a local gave us a ride up. My family would have never made it back up! BUT it was worth every second. Such a beautiful site to see down in the vall...  more »
  • Wow, what an amazing area. We took our rental 4x4 jeep down the valley. The road is steep and not for the faint hearted! Talk to the ranger about the driving rules, particularly the give way spots. It...  more »
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  • Beautiful country side. Multiple waterfalls, river the runs into the ocean.
  • I came here in 1989. It was wonderfully beautiful. It is still wonderful that it will hardly change even after 30 years.
  • Amazing hike with views. Wear good shoes as it is a steep descent with some mud at the bottom. But worth the effort.
  • very very gouud. very very very very gooouuuud. i luv it. best ever
  • My husband and I went on their horseback riding tour. It provided us with gorgeous views and the guides were fun.