Waipi'o Valley
Waipi'o Valley
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A scenic area of waterfalls and thousand foot cliffs.
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Patrick McKay
Highlands Ranch, CO27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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 Wrangler. Make sure to put your vehicle in low range 4WD and use manual gear selection for the descent. I had to use 1st gear low to control speed. The road to the beach is somewhat rough with many deep muddy puddles to drive through, but the bottom is firm so no risk of getting stuck. You have to stop at the top to listen to a lecture from the "ranger" before going down. I didn't see him at first and almost drove past without stopping which made him extremely mad. Not the most pleasant fellow for sure.

Once at the beach, I high recommend wading through the river and hiking at least part of the trail to Waimanu Valley. The initial climb up the switchbacks is steep and strenuous but well worth the views. After that is mostly dense rain forest with incredible tall trees and several pretty waterfalls and streams. We hiked about half way to Waimanu and that was tiring but worth it. I would never want to do that hike if I hadn't driven to the beach though. Walking back up the road to the 2WD trail head after that hike would be brutal.

Overall great place to visit and well worth renting a Jeep just to experience. If you have never driven a 4WD vehicle before and do not know how to put it in low range or are scared of steep narrow roads, it may not be the place for you. But if you know how to handle a 4x4, don't be put off by all the warnings about breaking your rental contract etc. Just do it.
Written 23 March 2020
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BoysInNY
Chicago, IL1,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
If you’re comfortable driving this with you four wheel drive it is worth the trip. The views up above and down on the beach are amazing. The road is very steep so be sure you’re comfortable driving down this road. And honestly driving up is just as bad!

In the end it was worth the trip to the valley!
Written 29 December 2020
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Cathie H
Cincinnati, OH59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Arrive early to get a 24 hour park spot near the overlook if you plan to walk down to the beach &/or view the waterfall. The overlook has a breath taking view. You can not see the falls from the overview. To see the falls you need to walk or pay a tour place to drive you down. Once you get down to the bottom of the extremely steep 1 mile road it’s about a 1/3 mile walk to your left on a flat road to view the falls. It’s beautiful and worth the extra walk, though the view is from quite a distance away. After viewing the falls turn around and retrace your steps back past where you came down and walk another 1/4 mile or so to the gorgeous beach. There are outhouses by the beach for public use.
The walk back up is quite strenuous but doable if you are in decent shape. Plan 1/2 day for this. Well worth putting on your “to do” list!
Written 5 February 2020
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Texas_Traveler71
Paris, TX1,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
My teenage son and I visited Waipi'o Valley during our recent trip to Hawaii. I simply can't recommend this enough. This area is just so beautiful and was one of the most breath taking places we visited. Be warned, if you don't have a good four wheel drive vehicle, the walk down and up is extremely difficult and steep. However, once you are down in the valley, the views are amazing, the black sand beach is beautiful, the waves are crashing, and the wild horses are welcoming. This amazing location is well, well worth your time!
Written 17 July 2021
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA9,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
Time and nature's element have carved an unimaginably massive valley filled with deep green encrusted cliffs cut by plunging waterfalls. Its floor is carpeted with forests and neatly formed taro patches interspersed with the homes of its few residents. At the mouth of the valley, the ocean licks the mile long black sand beach which is sliced in half by the river that is partially fed by the 1,200 ft. free falling Hi'ilawe Falls which resides deep in the valley.

The road into the valley is incredibly steep and out of respect for the residents, I do not encourage driving into the valley. But I've been told that it is fine to walk in and hike at the beach, but do not explore the interior of the valley without a tour guide.
Written 29 January 2021
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tyingthenapierknot
Memphis, TN8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were nervous about taking this hike with my siblings but we are all between the ages of 15-25. The hike is not easy but it is so fun to decent into the valley and walk along the black sand. We only did the 3 mile round trip hike to the beach and back and it took about 30 minutes to go down and 45 to get back up. The hike up is certainly hard on the calf muscles but is not nearly as challenging as some other reviews. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Written 11 January 2020
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Carrie D.
Cleveland, OH2,295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
We were on a circle tour of the Big Island and stopped by the Waipi’o Valley lookout and it was so beautiful. We stopped around twilight and it wasn’t very crowded and it was very lovely. We also enjoyed the many feral cats that hung around! This is a great place to stop and photograph the beauty of the Big Island.
Written 29 May 2023
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Richard K
Fort Worth, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Second time on the Big Island and had a great stroke of luck as Kilauea started erupting on Thursday afternoon Jan 5. We went to Volcanoes National Park on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Back out on Friday evening late and the following Thursday after dark. Fantastic. Did other stuff like Akaka Falls, Waipio,Parker Ranch and lots more. Basically explored the whole island. Groceries have gotten extremely expensive as dining out also. Be prepared. This was our sixth time to Hawaii and we were shocked at the increase in prices over the past 13 months.
Written 17 January 2023
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Steven L
Syracuse, NY863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
The overlook presents a beautiful view of the valley. There is also information available to acquaint you with the valley's important connection to Hawaii's spiritual and cultural past. There are many options available to be able to descend to the black sand beach but that will be in a future visit to the Big Island.
We met Ranger Rocky residing in a small building to check camping permits , making sure that people hiking down and back are prepared and I assume making sure that people aren't trying to drive that road are using vehicles built for the purpose. The Ranger was very friendly and informative as was his friend Rex.
Parking is very limited so going there earlier in the day might be a good idea.
Written 23 January 2022
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old-jogger
Port Coquitlam, Canada235 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
The view is great from the lookout and the walk down to the beach is very pretty. Trail system also takes you further over a series of headlands that have few users. Be prepared for a hard walk back up.
This place is spoiled, unfortunately, because 4x4 vehicles driven by tourists are allowed down and park all along the beach area. It would be better to restrict access to locals who live in the valley (who must be driven crazy by the brand new Jeeps blocking the road every day). People who cannot make the walk could easily be accommodated in the commercial shuttle that also uses the route.
Bottom line: wonderful views and beautiful valley, but spoiled by 4x4 vehicles. There are equally beautiful places where you won’t be disturbed by white-knuckled drivers pretending to be macho men.
Written 6 February 2022
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