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Waipio Valley Lookout

The Big Island, HI
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Waipio Valley Lookout, The Big Island Hawaii


What a sight! The coastline and cliffs from this lookout are a treat.
You can take a 4WD car down a hair-raising edge-of-cliff drive into the valley. There you can see a waterfall falling directly onto the black sand of a beach.
There's something dark and mosquitoey about the valley, and after risking my life to descend into it twice, I think that is enough for me! But the lookout is a great place to come to relax and take in nature's wonders.
Kamehameha I, as a baby, was hidden in this valley from the jealous king who sought to kill him. A magical children's book with stunning illustrations and award-winning writing has been written about his childhood in Waipio Valley. It's called Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became a Warrior King, and is great for kids around 7 or 8 years old. My son loves to read it with me because it's so exciting!

Afterwards, check out the cute town of Kamuela. Or drive an hour for a wonderful sunny swim at Mauna Kea Hotel Beach.


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View from lookout
View from lookout
Waterfall in the back of the valley.
Waterfall in the back of the valley.


Take Hwy 19 and turn left on Hwy 240, the Hamakua Coast Hwy. Continue until the end of the road.

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Last Updated: Tue, 19 Feb 2013 01:36:49 GMT