Waipio Valley Lookout, Honokaa

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Waipio Valley is a valley located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawaii. "Waipio" means "curved water" in the Hawaiian language.
It was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian alii (kings) up until the time of King Umi. A place celebrated for its nioi tree known as the "Nioi wela o Paakalana". It was the location of the ancient grass palace of the ancient kings of Hawaii with the nioi stands. Kahekili II raided Waipio in the 18th century and burned the four sacred trees to the ground.
The valley floor at sea level is almost 2000ft below the surrounding terrain. A steep road leads down into the valley from a lookout point located on the top of the southern wall of the valley. The road gains 800 vertical feet (243.84 m) in 0.6 miles (0.9 km) at a 25% average grade, with steeper grades in sections. This is a paved public road but it is open only to 4 wheel drive vehicles. It is the steepest road of its length in the United States. The shore line in the valley is a black sand beach, popular with surfers. A few taro farms are located in the valley. Several large waterfalls fall into the valley to feed the river which flows from the foot of the largest falls at the back of the valley out to the ocean.
A foot trail called Waimanu or Muliwai Trail leads down a steep path to the Waimanu Valley, which is not accessible by automobile. The trail is accessible by hikers. At the upper end of the valley, Waimanu Gap at elevation leads to the south end of Waimanu Valley.
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  • 4 kms down steep valley - views exquisite! 4 kms up a great walk! The black samd beach wonderful; waterfalls everywhere. Walk with caution!  more »
  • Magnificent views can be seen from the overlook down into the valley with the black sandy beach and the rock cliffs in the background. Look for the waterfall in the background along the sheer cliff wa...  more »
  • this was an amazing experience, but be prepared for extreme hiking. the road is paved, but with the 25% incline it takes around thirty minutes to go down and 45 min - 1 hr to get back up. Good shoes are a must, and beware it can get slick if its wet. at the bottom of the road, there is an amazing waterfall to the left and the beach you can see from the top to your right. worth the hike, but it was definitely a challenge.
  • Beautiful view, easy access to the lookout point and free! We didn't hike down the trail. It looked like a rough hike and we weren't up to it. The lookout point was beautiful. We went around 5pm... not a great time to go because the sun makes it hard to see the view. Otherwise it was breathtaking!

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