Waipio Travel Guide

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Waipio Things to Do

  • Need 4WD for this journey..

    If you are adventrous and have 4WD, driving down the steep hill to the vally floor will reward you with black sand beach, streams and taro patches. We drove down with Chevy Trailblazer 4WD on low gear, crossed a few streams, and made it to the beach. Access to the beach is easier to make on the way upward to the left, rather than to make a sharp...

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  • Horseback Riding

    Perhaps one of the best experiences you'll have aside from standing at the lookout would be horseback riding. Off in the distance you can see an old mule trail.

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  • Black Sand Beach

    One of the few remaining places in Hawaii to see a black sand beach, Waipio Valley has a nice stretch of almost unused beach. Perhaps the reason is that it takes a 4WD truck to get down there. The sloap is so steep that your 2WD will probably slide down the mountain dangerously.

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Waipio Restaurants

  • Excellent Korean BBQ in Waimea

    In Waimea behind McDonald, you will find an excellent Korean BBQ house, Young's Kalbi. This place is run by Korean family with traditional recipe. Serve excellent Korean beef, pork and chicken BBQ dish with tons of side dishes, and other authentic Korean food. I have tasted Korean BBQ in Seoul and Los Angeles which has the best one outside of...

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  • Excellent Korean BBQ in Waimea

    In Waimea behind McDonald, you will find an excellent Korean BBQ house, Young's Kalbi. This place is run by Korean family with traditional recipe. Serve excellent Korean beef, pork and chicken BBQ dish with tons of side dishes, and other authentic Korean food. I have tasted Korean BBQ in Seoul and Los Angeles which has the best one outside of...

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Waipio Transportation

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    by triplehelix Written Dec 28, 2005

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    Going down into the valley is not an easy task. You are required to have a four wheel drive vehicle to go down. If you are just going to the look out point, your rental car will be fine. Just keep in mind that your car may be subject to falling branches, ouch!

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Waipio Warnings and Dangers

  • 2WD Vehicle on Waipi`o Valley Access...

    Did you see my warning about trying to drive a 2WD vehicle down the Waipi`o Valley access road with its 25% grade? If not, go to my Off the Beaten Path section titled Waipi`o Valley. If you did and you still plan on trying it, here's a photo (left portion of photo) of the new look your car will sport. :)This car (what's left of it) is at the bottom...

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  • Falling Branches

    On the way in, there was so much debris on the road you had to swerve to avoid it or drive in the other lane! On the way out, there was a full tree on the road!!!

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  • Killer Winds

    Waipio Valley may be beautiful and a nice place to have a picnic but the winds can be deadly. Along the way in, you'll find memorials on the side of the road and at the park itself. Exercise caution on windy days. If it's windy on the way in, it's going to be worse at the park. Even with my Oakleys on, I got dirt blown into my eyes.

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Waipio Off The Beaten Path

  • Waipi‘o Valley and Hi‘ilawe Falls

    One of the highest (1,500+ feet/460 meters) waterfalls in all of the State of Hawai`i goes unseen by most visitors. Hi‘ilawe (hee-ee-lah-vey) Falls is in the Waipi‘o (why-pee-oh) Valley which is on the north shore of the Big Island. Why do so few people see it? You either need to have rented a 4WD SUV so that you can drive down into the valley or...

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  • See Waipi`o Valley from the Top....on...

    If you are like us and thought Waipi`o Valley was the most beautiful spot on the Big Island as viewed from down on the valley floor, just wait until you see it from the top of Hi`ilawe Falls.Here we are near the ridgeline with Waipi`o Valley and Hi`ilawe Falls in the background. We used Waipi`o Ridge Stables for the ride. We loved it! See my travel...

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  • Meet Kuava, the fortune-teller (!!!)

    Oh this woman was awsome! She lives in the bottom of Waipio and hike every day up to the View Point to meet people. And she is VERY intelligent!!! It was for the 1st time I was seeing a fortune-teller and she told me nothing but good things :) In normal she charges $1/minute but I know a good friend of hers so we made a good deal - $25/hour.

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