My Waipio Valley Excursion

Waipio Valley, which means curved water is also known as the Valley of Kings has a rich history dating back to the 1300s. Located north of Honokaa on the Hamakua coast it is the largest and southernmost of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. One mile wide at the coast and almost six miles deep and sheltered by cliffs reaching almost 2,000 feet. In the late 1800s Chinese immigrants settled here building homes, schools, churches and more staying until the devastating tsunami of 1946 which pushed huge waves all the way to the back of the valley, wiping out everything. Today only a handful of families live here, mostly farmers and their privacy and way of life must be respected when you visit. You can hike, take horses, a bus tour or drive down to the valley floor. The drive down to the valley floor is 4X4 only, single lane 25% grade and very rough! Once at the bottom, the land is magical and must be respected. Streams, water falls, and a black sand beach contribute to the enchantment of this unspoiled land.

Waipio Valley Mini Tour