Waipi'o Valley

Waipi'o Valley, Island of Hawaii: Hours, Address, Waipi'o Valley Reviews: 4.5/5

Waipi'o Valley
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Valleys
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A scenic area of waterfalls and thousand foot cliffs.
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hollyt264
Loveland, CO6 contributions
Amazing scary road !
Nov 2021
Went horseback riding in the valley, such fun and what a beautiful ride, tour guides were great!!! Loved trying all the fruit too
Written November 26, 2021
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Steve O
33 contributions
Waipi'o Valley is Worth the Steep Walk
Sep 2021
Don't let the steep walk down and up the road stop you from visiting Waipi'o Valley. The steep part is about 3/4 of a mile. It has very steep parts separated by some short less steep curves. If you do the hike as a series of short downs or ups with short rests the walk becomes a lot more manageable. It is a paved road so the footing is good for the most part.
I do recommend taking trekking poles - not so much for the steep road but to help you cross over the river (slippery rocks) at the beach so you can extend your visit to the larger sandy beach area to the north. There is also more shady seating facing the beach on the other side of the river. Once you cross the river find the walking trail away from the beach - it will run parallel to the bay and is much easier than walking across the rocky part of the beach.
We were lucky to encounter some friendly wild horses in the valley. Also the full hiking distance seemed quite short - estimate 3 mile RT.
We visited on Friday Sept 17. We arrived at 8:30 am and there was only one other car parked. When we left around 1 pm the parking area around the lookout was full and cars were parked along the road leading up to the look out.
You can spend several hours here. Highly recommend this hike!
Written October 6, 2021
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Ella S
3 contributions
Definitely worth to going down
Sep 2021
Already impressed me when we were just at lookout point, we don’t rent 4wd can’t going down, definitely gonna going down next time.
Written September 19, 2021
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Anders L
Queens, NY8 contributions
One of the most beautiful places on the island, absolutely worh the hike
Aug 2021
HIKE DOWN EARLY IN THE MORNING! And bring water (3 bottles 2 people, 4 to be safe). We were so lucky we went before 7 am and walked up in the shade around 9 am or so. This was NOT the case when we hiked Pololu Valley in the middle of the day and it was impossibly hot and made movement 10x more difficult. If you go early and take your time up the road you will be ok.

What a beautiful beach. You can bypass the muddy roads by going into the forest on the right hand side of it (when coming to the beach) just steps away from the road. We saw wild horses, people surfing, and just some of the best views on the whole island. Definitely feels as sacred as the history describes.

We actually went on labor day weekend during COVID (Aug '21) and the police told us that if we had left after 7:00 AM we would not have been able to do the hike... so once again... leave early and check if it is actually open.
Written September 9, 2021
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Kelly M
Aurora, CO11 contributions
It's secluded...and your leg muscles will pay for that adventure.
Jul 2021
Ok. So, you'd say you're in shape....maybe do cardio 6 days a week for an hour or so? Walk 3-5 miles a lot of days? Sure...this is no problem...in your head.

Here's the deal....it's a 25% grade down...and then back up.

Down is a muscle strain....you're trying to make sure you don't go tumbling. My legs were shaking by the half way point. At the bottom, the thighs were wobbling a bit. Turn RIGHT to get to the beach- left to the water fall.

The beach is amazing. Bring a lunch. Bring water shoes. Bring a ziploc for your phone, just in case. And you're going to get muddy walking at the bottom of the valley to the beach.

Going up was not good. We stopped a lot and made it about 2/3 of the way up before a very kind man in a dune buggy picked us up...and wouldn't wake payment when he got us to the top, which we tried.

It's the day after and my leg muscles are tight. Twinge to get in and out of the car tight.

So, make the choice for you....and if you have small kids, don't do it....you're going to have to carry them...you know you will.

And unless you have FOUR WHEEL drive, the warden at the top isn't letting you go down, and trust me, you wouldn't want to anyway....and brakes...you need really good brakes....
Written July 27, 2021
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Texas_Traveler71
Paris, TX1,156 contributions
Waipi'o Valley Is Simply an Amazing Hawaiian Site To Visit
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 July 17, 2021
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subzi
13 contributions
beautiful lookout
Jul 2021 • Couples
The view from the lookout is stunning! We didnt hike down, but we were in the area so we decided to stop by here just to see the view and it was beautiful. If you are going towards the Hilo area, definitely check it out!
Written July 5, 2021
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TXProud76
Austin, TX39 contributions
Paradise on the Big Island
May 2021
The lookout is very nice, heck of a view... but just going to the lookout alone may not be worth the drive. Down at the beach is where you experience really just how magical this place is. If you choose to go down to it, use your head, and above all, BE RESPECTFUL to the land and the inhabitants. It's all private property down there. Take out what you take in. Don't screw it up for future folks that want to experience this place.

I've visited the Big Island three times in the past 6 years and have gone down to this beach each time. This is considered the steepest, shortest road in the US, average 25% grade, with up to 45% in a few spots, 3/4 mile long switchbacks with 900 ft drop. It ranks among the steepest in the world. If you don't understand what this means, you have no business traversing it, either walking or 4WD. There's a reason someone mans the hut at the top to make sure someone without 4WD tries to be stupid and think they can do it. 4WD is not the same as AWD (all wheel drive)... NO, your AWD vehicle won't make it. If you make it to the bottom, you will see why this is when you see some of the cars that have rolled down.

If you choose to walk it, you better be in excellent physical shape. You may think walking down is easy, but just remember you have to walk back up, and that's a whole different ball game.

If you choose to go down in your 4WD vehicle (JEEP rental), put it in 4-LOW and let the vehicle do it's job. Pucker up, buttercup, this ain't for the weak. Don't ride your brakes, be smart and use them sparingly, in the right place, at the right time, or risk burning them up quick. Don't use the descent control feature if you have it, you'll just ruin the brakes. Above all, don't talk trash to the people walking... keep in mind you'll eventually meet up with them at the bottom.

If you make it down, enjoy the magic, beauty, serenity, and views! It's a special place, and let's make it last as long as we can. Respect the land as if it were your own, and the locals. Most are nice, until you act like a tourist.
Written June 27, 2021
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MNO
United States77 contributions
Good views, tough hike
Jun 2021 • Family
The views from the lookout are great, and if you’re older or not in the best shape, I’d advise against making the hike down. It is incredibly steep and will be challenging for most people. The beach at the bottom is not great for swimming but provides some nice views. If you do attempt the hike, be prepared for at least 30 minutes each way.
Written June 19, 2021
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tphybridtx
Cedar Hill, TX343 contributions
Can’t Recommend Enough If You Are In Good Shape
Apr 2021 • Family
We did this hike on our first full day on the Big Island. I had done some research and I wanted to challenge myself (about to turn 60) with incline of the Waipi’o Valley trail. It was about a 30 minute drive from our resort, Waikoloa Village, and we arrived at the Waipi’o Lookout parking around 7 am. There is very little parking near the trail (road down), but our early arrival meant that we were the first car. We had to back our rent car into the parking spot and talked to the Waipi’o ranger who was located in a small bldg. near the trailhead. It had rained recently and the trail/road was very slick. I cant really describe how steep this road is. It is very difficult, especially when wet, and we were forced to take small steps and lean backwards into the hill in order to not fall down (my brother-in-law did fall a few times). It probably is easier when the road is dry. The road levels out after about 3/4 of a mile and turns into a dirt path through the jungle for another 1/4 of a mile. This path empties into the black sand beach at Waipi’o Valley. We were alone on the beach because it was so early. The views were stunning. I had done some research so I knew the the view of the waterfall that was the beginning of a three day hike/camping trail for experienced hikers was to the left. We proceeded in that direction a short distance to where a fresh water river empties into the ocean. This crossing is necessary if you want to see a view of the waterfall from the beginning of the 3-day trailhead. Cross the river at the nearest point of the beach. It looks shallower and easier through the rocks in the middle, but the water is swift and the rocks are slick. Take your time, (protect your phone). It isn’t more than 20-25 yards, but falling in the water is a distinct possibility. Note: Wear good hiking shoes that can get in the water. Flip flops or going barefoot is not a good option. Once you complete the river crossing there is a trail in the woods (about 30 from the beach) that will lead you to a Hawaiian Altar and a view of the majestic waterfall that is several miles away in the distance. We enjoyed our beach stay for about about 90 minutes, but many people stay for much of the day. The hike back was a beast. Much like the Koko Crater Trail on Oahu, this uphill hike will test your legs and your lungs. I know that many people will take a vehicle provided by the locals (for a price of about $20 a person), but we wanted to challenge ourselves. Make sure you bring plenty of water and have good shoes, even if you are going to ride down and back. If you do want a ride, the trucks and vans don’t start moving until around 10 am. Once you finish, head to the famous Tex Drive In located a few miles away in Honokaa, and treat yourself to several malasadas.
Written May 18, 2021
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