Waipio Valley Shuttle
Waipio Valley Shuttle
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
The Waipi'o Valley Shuttle provides a 90 minute guided tour of Waipi'o Valley. You hear about why the Ancient Hawaiians considered Waipi'o Valley sacred and it's importance to the Hawaiians. You will see the 1200 ft high Hi'ilawe Falls and learn how the Hawaiians used plants found in the valley. Most of the windows have been removed for your viewing pleasure.
Kukuihaele, Hawaii

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Carolyn C
Seattle, WA57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was such a beautiful experience. I definitely see why they ask at booking if any of the participants are pregnant and/or have back problems. It IS a very bumpy ride but quite fun if you don't have any medical issues that would worsen with such a jolts. The sheer steepness of this drive is awesome and our driver Douglas handled it like a champ (even when he accidentally bumped into one of the guardrails while backing up to let another vehicle pass by). Douglas was so interesting to listen to and was very engaging with all participants in the vehicle. There was one stop where we got out of the vehicle at the base of the valley and we could see Hi'ilawe Falls in a distance. It started raining and then pouring at this point and the weather made the trip even better for me. The melodic drumming of the raindrops on our vehicle's roof was mesmerizing and the rain made everything look so lush & green. Douglas was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the Valley and as his family has lived on The Big Island and by the Valley for multiple generations, he had a wealth of knowledge to share. We crossed multiple rivers and then made our way back up to the top all while being regaled by Douglas' tales. The high point for me was having a wild horse come over to our vehicle after Douglas made a specific sound signal to it and gave her some alfalfa cubes. All in all it was a wonderful experience, one my husband and I would highly recommend.
Written July 17, 2021
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SJC Lawyer
San Juan Capistrano, CA70 contributions
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Jun 2021 • Family
If you have a rental car, there is no reason to pay hundreds of dollars more for a “tour” of the Waipio Valley, which would consist, primarily, of transportation to and from the site. Just go to Waipio Valley Shuttle near the lookout point. It costs $69 per adult and $38.50 per child under 11. You will be transported to the valley floor, driven through the area, provided with a history of the valley, and driven back up. The shuttle van holds approximately 10-12 people comfortably. Douglas was our driver and guide and he did a magnificent job. We highly recommend this brief but very efficient tour and service.
Written June 10, 2021
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Renata H
Norman, OK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
The Waipi'o Valley Shuttle tour was one of our favorite experiences during our two weeks in Hawaii. Kaleo was our guide and honestly made the experience so memorable. Kaleo's family has lived in the valley for generations, so he brought a wealth of knowledge and history about the valley and the people who still call it home. We felt honored to be guests of such a special place and left with a deep appreciation of all that is being done to protect it.

Many people try to visit the valley on their own, sometimes with overconfidence on the hike/drive or even a lack of respect for the valley and its people, so I couldn't recommend more strongly to do this through Waipi'o Valley Shuttle. It's very affordable, you get an expert guide who knows where you can and can't go and you'll be in a vehicle equipped to navigate the terrain.
Written July 24, 2021
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Christopher M
Brookfield, WI200 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Family
This was the best way to see the valley.
It’s about 2hrs total. You meet at their shop 2 minutes from the lookout point.
We had 9 in our group and they added a group of 3 to our tour. The group of three were really rude and talked to themselves the entire time it did distract from the tour. I wish I would have just bought the 3 spots so we could of had privacy for our group.
Our van had the windows taken out and one person sat next to the driver, then there were 3 rows in the back.
The driver makes jokes and tells stories about the valley. They make one stop 1/2 way down to the valley. You get to see a waterfall and the driver will take pictures of the group. Once you get to the bottom of the valley they do a loop and you drive back up. You do not get out at the bottom.
He drives slow and will stop at points so you can take pictures from the van, since the windows are removed it’s perfect.
I would not walk down...if you want to hike go to Pololu Valley. This shuttle tour was perfect. We had 2 toddlers, 1 man over 60/bad knees, and 6 adults. Everyone said this was one of their favorite things we did as a group.
Written June 19, 2020
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Melvin L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
What an awesome experience that was well worth every penny. Kaleo was a authentic, personable, and knowledgeable tour guide, who was born and raised in the valley. He shared not only the history of the sacred valley, but also stories of his childhood and information on the local wildlife. The tour met at the art gallery, where there are restrooms and parking (and yummy ice cream). From there everyone gets in a van as Kaleo drives the group down to the back of the valley, an area off limits to the general public. The views are incredible from the top to the bottom and back.
Written December 29, 2020
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fairhaven7
Bellingham, WA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We wouldn't have taken the trip to the Waipio valley, but a Hawaiian friend of mine recommended it. It was the most awesome experience of our vacation!

Our guide, Kaleo, is a young man who has lived his entire life in the valley. He told us of the valley's history, the legend of the two waterfalls, the plants and the animals, and all about living in the valley. It was fascinating.

You can rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle and go down there as far as the 1.5 mile public road goes, but you won't be able to go on the private road beyond that or learn anything about the valley from a person who knows it well.

We highly recommend this excursion to anyone really interested in this unique part of the world.
Written February 18, 2020
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Nate V
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The tour was excellent, with amazing scenery and a super knowledgeable local tour guide (He literally knew the names of every person we drove passed XD). I was a little apprehensive about taking a E-350 4-wheeling, but they are actually totally custom engines/transmissions that were probably a lot better suited for the task than most of the lifted pick-ups we passed. It's best to go on an early in the day slot, the day after there was heavy afternoon or evening rain. That way it will be clear skys and plenty of water for the waterfalls. Worth every penny if you are a nature or Hawaiian history buff. (You can hike to the bottom, but literally every person we saw coming back up looked like they would rather be dead. It's incredibly steep....) ((Not sure if they will let you split your tour, spend some time at the black sand beach, and get a ride back up the cliff on a later shuttle, but that would have been even better.))
Written September 29, 2021
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Mark S
Olympia, WA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We did the 9AM trip down into this beautiful lush valley. Our driver was a local who had a wealth of interesting things to tell us about the history, flora, fauna and current occupants of the valley. His driving down and up the VERY steep drive was perfect - We felt completely safe. I would have given this 5 star rating except it was raining most of our trip and so we could not really see the tops of the valley walls most of the time. (Of course that is not in their control..!)
Written March 14, 2021
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Chanchal C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We took the tour on February 8, 2020 and it was so worth it! We really enjoyed the ride into the valley, waterfalls, river crossings, taro fields, and many wild horses. It was wonderful, magical and memorable. The driver and narrator was young man from the valley - don't recall his name.
Written February 9, 2020
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MaltedMilkball
Switzerland109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Took the tour as a family of four (two teens).
Meeting point was at a small store where some local art, ice cream and a few food items were sold. Lovely people took care of sign in.
The bus looked a bit banged up but was super comfy and we did not feel unsafe at all. Driver / Guide was superb. A very safe driver, he took great care of all of us. Gave lots and lots of information about the sacred valley and its history. He was -for good reason- proud of his heritage. Besides all the information, he also made sure nobody would be bored and all had good laughs as well. He stopped multiple times to pick some fruit for us to try (this was shortly before Corona hit...) and to take photos.
The valley felt magical, remote and like paradise. When you go, ask about the legend of the two water falls... what a love story.
Do not worry about motion sickness or fear of height. Daughter with motion sickness was absolutely fine as there was fresh air and good views from every seat.
Over all a wonderful experience we will never forget, worth every penny and highly recommended.
Written April 2, 2020
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