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Waipio Valley, Kukuihaele

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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. To find out how to plan a trip to Kukuihaele, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • The lookout is pretty, you can see the valley, the far-away mountain. However, the most famous trail that can let you reach the valley and mountain is closed for maintenance or something. Still... 
    The lookout is pretty, you can see the valley, the far-away mountain. However, the most famous trail that can let you reach the valley and mountain is closed for maintenance or something. Still...  more »
  • The beauty at the lookout is stunning. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed our time there. We did not hike far but we saw what we came to see. 
    The beauty at the lookout is stunning. We took lots of pictures and enjoyed our time there. We did not hike far but we saw what we came to see.  more »
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  • You need a 4x4 to get down. Yes it's steep and yes it can be scary. But heck yes it is so worth it. Grow balls and just do it. I was nervous at first and was pleasantly surprised how fun the drive itself was. Just kick it into 4L and you're good to go! I almost turned around but decided to go forward and left with unforgettable memories and pics to prove.
  • Absolutely worth the drive from the Kona Coast. You are only able to go-to the look out the road down to the black sand beach is closed. There are a few little fruit stands along the way that serve amazing fruit. Check the weather before you make the drive It's very different on that side of the island We were fortunate that the clouds cleared just in time for us to see it.

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