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Waipio Valley, Island of Hawaii

Hike down into dramatic Waipio 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. You can plan Kukuihaele trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • Beautiful valley and beach with access to a great hiking trail on the other side of the valley. We drove our rental Jeep down the road to the beach and it was easily passable in our stock JLU Sahara.....  more »
  • The overlook is worth driving to see. The true beauty is to walk down into the valley. Even though we had a 4 wheel drive, we were glad we did not take our Jeep down as the road is very rutted...  more »
  • Is mostly wilderness interspersed with taro fields. Waipi’o Valley is named after the river that runs through the valley meaning “curved water”. One of the most beautiful and secluded places to go...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful, sacred places I've ever been to.. got to meet Rocky who kindly told us some of the local history of the place while walking down to the valley. Even if it means that I won't be able to visit this place against I hope they limit the number of tourists to go down there so we don't pollute it. Or changed it.
  • The black sand beach at the bottom of the valley is devoid of rocks for a good stretch so it is decent for wading in. I don't know that I would attempt more than that as the tide is quite powerful. We also hiked to a small waterfall that empties directly into the ocean on the right side of the beach (requires hiking on the rocks, not too difficult if you have sneakers, decent balance and are a regular hiker). It was a little underwhelming but we are glad we did it.
  • Get yourself a 4wd vehicle and drive down to the black beach. Wild horses, lush plants, flowers, cold crisp rivers and heaven on Earth. The locals told us the hike up from the beach is a marriage breaker so save your relationships and just use a vehicle to explore. 😄 It is the steepest road in America so not for a weak driver by any means. No cell phone service in the valley either. A great location to disconnect and take in the Majesty of nature!
  • Magical place an enchanting experience. This is a remote Hawaiian place. Treat it so. You must have 4 wheel drive to drive in. Hiking is allowed. A tropical paradise.
  • Absolutely amazing. Majestic waterfall, wild horses, black sand beach, freshwater river running into the sea, beautiful foliage.... Closest thing to paradise I've seen on the big island and I've been all the way around it.

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