Serene Waipiʻo Valley on Hawaii's Big Island

Waipiʻo Valley

by B. N. Sullivan

This is the mouth of the Waipiʻo Valley, situated on the northeastern coast of Hawaii's Big Island, in the Hamakua district.   The remote valley is historically important as the childhood home of King Kamehameha I, but we think its greatest virtue is its stunning natural beauty.  The valley is about a mile wide at the coast, and is surrounded by steep cliffs that rise up to 2,000 feet from the valley floor.  Waipiʻo Valley extends inland for roughly five miles, and features hiking trails, streams, and waterfalls -- including  the 1,300 foot high Hiʻilawe Falls.

This photo was taken from the Waipiʻo Valley Overlook.  From this vantage point you can see the surf breaking on the black sand beach that forms the seaward edge of the valley.  The Overlook is near the top of the narrow, rugged road that descends into the valley.  Not only is the sole road into Waipiʻo Valley narrow, it is very steep -- a 25% grade -- requiring four-wheel drive.  It takes about a half hour to carefully descend into the valley from this overlook point.

As residents of Hawaii's Big Island, we may be prejudiced, but one thing we can say about our island home is that it's a feast for the eyes, don't you think?


  1. The Big Island is definitely the part of Hawaii I most want to visit.

    It is hard to tell the scale of the valley and the cliffs in the distance, it must be quite impressive to stand there.

  2. What a spectacular place! I have never been to Hawaii, but it is sure on the list.

  3. You're making me jealous yet again. My next visit is in April (I think) but not sure I can wait that long.

  4. We must not take this beauty for granted. Many others places that no longer are so beautiful, once were. But no one worked hard enough to protect that beauty for future generations. This is why we must not relent in our conservation efforts here on the Big Island.
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Bobbie & Jerry