Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Waterfalls at Big Island's Waipio Valley

A for-real four-wheel drive road snakes down to Waipio Valley where the highway ends at an overlook on the northeast coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. But you can two-foot it down there in about 20 minutes. On the way you cross the stream near the top of Kaluahine Falls. By walking to the right at Wapio's beach, you can reach the bottom of the cascade, but don't get too close, since boulders and debris can really ruin this view from below.

Hikers can also head into Waipio Valley to see taro fields, lagoons formed by slack waters of the stream, and other falls that lace the sheer green walls. Waipio is enriched with history as well as scenic beauty. King Kamehameha I was born in this region, and used to surf here as a boy.

Complete directions to the beach can be found in the Hawaii The Big Island Trailblazer guidebook.