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“Good Spot to Stop” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waipio Valley Lookout

Waipio Valley Lookout
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$223.96*
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Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Honokaa
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“Good Spot to Stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

The lookout is a bit off the highway and such but it's a very pretty spot. You can see a large waterfall coming off the cliff and the black sand beach below. With a 4 wheel drive you can drive down which would be pretty cool. We walked down to the lookout and really enjoyed the view. Understand you're on the rainy side of the island, so it could be grey out. Don't let that stop you. If you have the time, it's worth the extra 15 minutes to get too to see the cliffs and waterfall.

Visited August 2014
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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“Amazing scenery and history.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014

Waipio Valley is a truly beautiful place. From the outlook you can appreciate the cliffs, water fall, beach and part of the community that still lives in the valley. The outlook has bathroom facilities. Arrive early (~9ish) for more convenient parking. We were greated by Darren, a local volunteer that leaves in the valley. Darren took the time to explain the valley history and its significance. Waipio was he capital and residence of many of the island kings. Several royal battles have taken place in the valley. A Tsunami devastated the valley in 1946. A flood covered the valley from side to side in 1979 with 4 feet of water. Today it is estimated that only 50 people (mostly taro farmers) still reside in the valley. You can descend to it via a paved 25% incline road. This road is recommended for AWD only and pedestrians share the road with the vehicles. It is worth going down to appreciate the valley's beauty, see the waterfall H i'iIawe (road to the left as you arrive at the bottom) and walk on the deserted black beautiful black sand beach (road to the right). It had rained the day before so some areas were flooded but we were still able to walk both directions. Nice hiking boots are recommended although we saw a few people wearing flip flops. There is an abundance of guava trees on the road. We were rewarded by the sweet smell of mature fruits in July. We also appreciated the few houses and taro plants among the road. Yes, returning was a challenge for a 60+ man, a 50+ woman and a teenager. We did take our time ascending back to the outlook. Take plenty of water and make frequent stops. We felt rewarded by our efforts. We do not think this would be a complete trip without being at the valley.

Visited July 2014
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Simi Valley, California
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

Loved it, if you have a 4wd you have to venture down to the beach and spend some time. You can walk but it's a distance. Very scenic and special make sure to stop at Tex's to get the island's best Malasada's.

Visited August 2014
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“Breathtaking!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2014

You need only spend a few minutes at the Waipi'o Valley Lookout if you don't drive down to the valley, but those few minutes will be truly incredible. The view from up top is truly magnificent and will definitely be worth the time you took to get there. Don't miss this chance to get a really remarkable view without the need to hike or drive off road to get there.

Visited July 2014
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Colorado Springs
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“Awesome view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2014

This view of the cliffs around the Waipio Valley is indescribable. We wanted to drive down to the valley, but didn't have a 4 wheel drive car, and they suggest you ride with a local driver, because the 25% grade.

Visited July 2014
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