Waipio Valley Reviews
Waipio Valley Lookout Feb 16, 2009
Waipio Valley is one of the most beautiful stop offs on a drive around the island to East Hawaii. More accurately in North Hawaii, I only added it because it is not to be missed. Maybe I'll have to change the list title.
This is about a 45 minute round-trip drive off the highway, but the Lookout is only a few steps away from parking area. There is a paved 4WD road that goes down into the valley, but I do not recommend driving it unless you are with a local or a tourist group. If you have time and healthy joints, the experience of walking into the valley is irreplaceable. Waipio is truly a magical place. The first time I was on the island, I stopped at the Waipio Valley Lookout. I came back again that same year so that I could hike down to the valley. It was the main reason for my return.
For most folks, a stopover at the Lookout is enough--the sheer cliff can induce some decent vertigo effects. Definitely bring the camera.
Part of the list Must-see East Hawaii
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