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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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  • August 13, 2017
    The vantage point offers an impressive view of the Valley, anyone in the Valley must have a real all cyclists or run.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Waipio valley is a treasure of green nature on this full volcanic island. The lookout will give you the first impression. But don't stay there and go down. It's steep, yes, but not so long... You can ...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Great experience! I recommend strongly to take the Quad singles, which are great fun to drive. The route runs up and down, inside a eucalyptus forest that in itself is something incredible. The three stops during the trip allows glimpses of beautiful Waipi'o Valley from above and a hidden waterfall very very pretty (you can even swim). Both our guides were young but very prepared and funny, and there were allowed to learn about many aspects of Hawaiian culture. Quad bikes are easy to drive and fully automatic, with just a few laps on the test track and you'll be ready to tackle any terrain.
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  • June 13, 2017
    Beautiful country side. Multiple waterfalls, river the runs into the ocean.
  • April 28, 2017
    I came here in 1989. It was wonderfully beautiful. It is still wonderful that it will hardly change even after 30 years.
  • January 1, 2017
    Amazing hike with views. Wear good shoes as it is a steep descent with some mud at the bottom. But worth the effort.
  • March 3, 2017
    very very gouud. very very very very gooouuuud. i luv it. best ever
  • March 4, 2017
    My husband and I went on their horseback riding tour. It provided us with gorgeous views and the guides were fun.

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