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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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  • We always just viewed the valley from the lookout on previous trips...but with a 4 WD Jeep, we ventured down the steep road (YES, you need 4WD)...got to see the entire valley and a number of waterfall...  more »
  • We stopped by in the later afternoon as a side trip while in Waimea. The view was beautiful, but would have been much more so in the morning when the sun is shining into the valley. In the afternoon, ...  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful. Hike down if you can and enjoy the secluded, less popular black sand beach. However, its a rigorous hike at approx a 25% grade so only attempt if you are in sbape to do so. It to...  more »