Often called the “ GRAND CANYON OF THE PACIFIC ” Waimea Canyon is a geological wonder located along Highway 550 en route to Kōke‘e State Park. Approximately 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep, the canyon is only a fraction of the size of its Arizona namesake, but its location — carved into the lush landscape of a tropical island — is unique. Hiking trails snake through the canyon, some more demanding than others. Trail information is available at the KŌKE‘E NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM or the Ranger’s Station in the park. The trail to the 800-foot Waipo‘o Falls is the most popular. The half-day hike off ers glimpses of exotic rainforest vegetation. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on the warm, fl at rocks of a ginger pool.
WARNING: Kaua‘i, the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, is made of brittle volcanic rock, so never attempt to climb steep cliff s. KO¯KE‘E LODGE 808-335-6061