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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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  • This is an easy hike down and a strenuous hike back up. We are athletic couple in our 30s and we were hoofing it back up, took us 28 min. We brought a lunch down and explored. Pretty magical to see wi...  more »
  • The lookout is beautiful but you really need to head down to the beach to get a real feel of the valley. Yes, the drive in itself is an adventure, not for the inexperienced driver and you definently n...  more »
  • A must see experience with two of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii. Some of the hikes may be long and difficult, but they are definitely worth it. If you plan on driving be sure tha...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Incredible! River and waterfalls flowing into the ocean with taro aling the shore