Waipi’o Valley Lookout

Big Island – Day 4 – Part 2

Waipi'o Valley Lookout

Someone told me it was the Grand Canyon of Hawaii and worth a look. Waipi’o Valley is about one mile across and over five miles deep, and surrounded by cliffs up to 2000 feet high. The valley is a beautiful lush green and is considered to be a sacred place for many Hawaiians. Because the road into the valley is so steep it requires a 4 wheel drive, so you better have the right type of car, join a tour, or hike.(source) We didn’t try to go down into the valley, we just made a quick stop at the Waipi’o Valley Lookout.


On our way from Hilo to Kona, we made a quick (approx 30 minute) detour to the Waipi’o Valley Lookout just to look located on the northern coast of the Big Island. We had to be at the Waikoloa Village in Kona by 4pm, and I am often a little paranoid with time sometimes. And because I was afraid of being late, we didn’t do anything but just look from the lookout. There isn’t much parking, just a few spots with a time limit but that’s fine with us.


140901d_WiapioLookout87I was a little disappointed when we got to the lookout because the lookout overlooks more of the coastline then the valley. It would be amazing to be able to really see just how big the valley is. The little section we did see from the lookout is a beautiful lush green valley that leads to the opening of Waipi’o Valley. At the opening is mile long black sand beach. At first look, the beach is quite, and almost the valley look like an untouched area of the island.


But if you look closely, you’ll find a stream that flows from one of the many waterfalls in the valley out to the ocean. And that is where you may see quite a few people playing in the stream. There are no life guards on the beach so be careful and only consider playing in the water on calm days.

I think hiking in the valley would be amazing to see all if for myself. I read that there are taro farms, a black sand beach, and waterfalls! Hikes can range from short hikes to much longer hikes that require camping in the valley, so it has a little for almost anyone. Going to the lookout felt like a teaser, you can somewhat see what is down there but it just made more curious. I guess I’m definitely going to have to make time to go hiking in the Waipi’o Valley next time I’m in Hawaii.

140901d_WaipioLookout3251Waipi’o Lookout
48-5546 Waipio Valley Rd
Waimea, HI 96743
Go Hawaii Info Page




  1. The view must be spectacular! Here in North Germany the highest “mountain” is 90m over sea level, so now great views here :p

  2. I’m sure there is a lot more to see in Northern Germany then views from the highest “mountain”

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