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WAIPI'O VALLEY is one of the most ravishingly beautiful valleys in the world. Route 240 ends at an overlook that amazes with its views of towering cliffs, waterfalls, black beaches, and lush green fields. Waipio is home to plantings of taro, fiddlehead ferns and few who are relucant to leave. Wreaked by tidal waves, much of Waipio's inhabitants have left and horses roam free. For a closer look at the valley, call from the overlook for a ride down in a 4-wheel drive. Do not attempt this in a rental car, the road is too steep and in very bad condition. You can hike down, it's just over one mile, but remember, you'll probably have to hike back up.
GO HORSEBACK RIDING!!!
Written Oct 4, 2002
Tex Drive-In is famous the world over for its malasadas (deep fried dough bathed in sugar). You may want to try the bavarian cream filled ones, oh heavenly! The items on the menu may seem pricey but hey, get used to it if you're in Hawaii. The portions you get are generous and worth the price. Everything is prepared fresh so you may be in for a bit of a wait.
Favorite Dish: Their meatloaf and french fries combo rules all! They've also got a good breakfast menu but I prefer their lunch and dinner choices. They use 100% local grown Kamuela beef as well.
Written Dec 19, 2005
best not to go when there's snow but in the summer, there's Lake Waiau at the top of the summit. it's the only lake on the Big Island. it's an old glacial lake; very small. but the stories are that hawaiian women used to keep umbilical cords and throw them into the lake when someone went up. the lake is 'mystical' and well worth the adventure if you have the time to do it right. go early mornings before the clouds move in.
Written Jul 26, 2005