Waipio Valley Lookout, Hawaii's Big Island
Name: Waipio Valley Lookout
What: Lookout showcasing a breathtaking and historic valley
- Where: At the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive
Located on the northern Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important centre for political and religious life in Hawaii. Not only is "The Valley of the Kings" an important site for Hawaiian history and culture, it's also a place of dramatic tropical beauty.
This fertile valley is about 1.6 kilometres across and over eight kilometres deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 610 metres high. Waipio Valley was once the home of thousands of Native Hawaiians. Today, there are less than 100 residents living amongst the waterfalls, taro fields and rivers permeating the valley. The Big Island's tallest waterfall, Hiilawe Falls cascades down 400 metres at the back of Waipio.
You can view the valley from the coastal Waipio Valley Overlook at the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive, or you can take a guided van tour, hike or horse ride to explore the hidden wonders within. Tour guides will happily share the stories and legends of this special place. The road into the valley is extremely steep and requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle so driving isn't recommended (check your rental car agreement if you plan to make a trip to Waipio Valley).