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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 read the reviews and books about this this trip and steep incline. It's legit. To the point we almost didn't want to drive but walk down. I can tell you with 100% certainty do NOT walk this and to ...  more »
  • Going down is already a little hard, but it's a very tough hike back up from the beach, but it's worth it. My phone thought I had climbed 66 stairs when I came back to the lookout. But it's so beautif...  more »
  • Went by horseback to a beautiful waterfall. Riding through the eucalyptus trees was very pretty. The water fall was beautiful. We had lunch there, and the opportunity to swim in the pool under neath. ...  more »