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“My husband's favorite part of Kauai!”
Review of Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon
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Owner description: "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep.
Reviewed July 6, 2009

Came here on my honeymoon. Drove about an hour to here from our hotel and it was well worth it. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and we found ourselves stopping at one of the many beautiful spots to take pictures! It is like a green, lush version of the grand canyon.
We parked across the street from the Koke'e State Park sign, and hiked down the trail for a couple miles. We saw two waterfalls on our hike: one small, and one large one that we were standing at the top of. Amazing!
Frankly if you can do it, it's better to hike than to take a helicopter ride because the walking allows you to stop and appreciate how truly special this place is. Go!

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Reviewed June 27, 2009

If you are in Kauai, you HAVE to check on Waimea Canyon State Park. If you are the hiking type, there are lots of trails in this park and the adjacent Koke'e State Park. If you are not the hiking type, definitely drive up and stop at the various lookouts. There are several good places to stop in the two parks. Stop at the Koke'e museum (and restaurant if you are hungry), but go all the way up to the last lookout for the best canyon views and views of the Na Pali coast. The final lookout dead-ends so you will know when you get there.

Several words of caution:
-The road is very winding and can be steep in spots. Drive carefully. If you have 4-wheel drive it will be much easier, but it can be done in a car - parts are dirt/gravel.
-It is VERY windy and a bit chilly as you go higher up - bring a jacket if you have one and maybe a hat, too (my hair was a mess by the time we were done)
-GET GAS before entering the park - there is no gas once you leave Waimea and enter the Waimea Canyon Park.
-Definitely bring your camera - there are some amazing view.

3  Thank forhym216
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Reviewed June 2, 2009

About 70 miles from Princeville, 2 hour drive
Take 550 from central Waimea or 552 about two miles past Waimea
Leave early and bring a light jacket (15 degree drop)
Kauai driving is casual, drive with courtesy and don’t be in a rush
No entrance fee!
Lookout 1 is the Waimea Canyon view; suggest eating a lunch here although there is only a tiny little bench to sit on [there are trash cans, restrooms, handicap ramps, and plenty of parking]
Lookout 2 is Pu’u Hinahina
There is a Kekeo stop where there is a restaurant, neat little museum and gift shop, and picnic tables
Lookout 4 is Pu’u o Kila is the last stop
There is road construction
Bonus: stop at the Kauai Coffee Company Visitor Center in Eleele on 540 on the way back for great coffee samples and great gifts

4  Thank Rosquete
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Reviewed April 16, 2009

The drive up the canyon is very windy, but it's worth it. There are 5 or 6 lookouts from which you can get some great pictures. I attached a few of ours, but it was a little hazy that day.

4  Thank aquapong
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

My boyfriend and I hiked the Canyon trail but stopped at the Waipoo falls - which is a 3.6-mile roundtrip hike. This was a very good hike as even during mid-day, it is cool with all the tall trees throughout the trail. It goes up to a boulder overlooking the whole Canyon, without any railings and it is a very amazing sight. The red ground, the green leaves and the blue sky were just perfect combo. We got to the top of Waipoo falls where the water drops 800 feet. We stopped for snacks on top of the falls and it was just a great sight from being on top of everything.

5  Thank deiann4
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