Find Eden in Waipi‘o ValleyBig Island
Located north of Honoka‘a on the Hamakua Coast, WAIPI‘O VALLEY is the largest and southernmost of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. Measuring a mile wide at the coast and almost 6 miles deep, the EDEN-LIKE VALLEY is sheltered by cliffs reaching almost 2,000 feet. WATERFALLS and flowers cascade from the walls of the cliffs, and a stunning BLACK-SAND BEACH defines the coastal area.
Waipi‘o is known as the “VALLEY OF THE KINGS” because it once was home to many ancient HAWAIIAN RULERS and is said to be the place where King Kamehameha the Great received his training.
ANCIENT BURIAL CAVES are located within the walls of the cliffs, and the valley has inspired many myths, chants and songs.
Reaching Waipi‘o is difficult. Access is limited to four-wheel-drive vehicles; most car rental companies prohibit use of their vehicles on the steep road. You can get there on a NARRATED TOUR by a local guide aboard the WAIPI‘O VALLEY SHUTTLE. If you wish to see more of the valley, there is an option to be dropped off and picked up later.
The most convenient and accessible view of the valley is from the scenic point at the end of Route 40, about 10 miles outside of Honoka‘a. Take an ATV TOUR with a company called RIDETHERIM, HIKE the rim with HAWAI‘I FOREST & TRAIL, or see the splendor of the valley from HORSEBACK.