Find Eden in Waipi‘o Valley
Located north of Honoka‘a on the Hamakua Coast, Waipi‘o Valley is the largest and southernmost of the seven valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. Measuring one mile wide at the coast and almost six miles deep, the Eden-like valley is sheltered by cliffs reaching almost 2,000 feet. Waterfalls and flowers cascade from the walls of the cliffs, and a stunning blacksand beach defines the coastal area.
Waipi‘o is known as the “Valley of the Kings” because it was once home to many ancient Hawaiian rulers and is said to be the place where King Kamehameha the Great received his training.
Ancient burial caves are located within the walls of the cliffs, and the valley inspired many myths, chants and songs.
Reaching Waipi‘o is difficult. Access is limited to fourwheel-drive vehicles; most car rental companies prohibit use of their vehicles on the steep road. Or you can get there in a mule-drawn wagon with a company called Waipi‘o Valley Wagon Tour. This narrated tour wanders past waterfalls, taro patches and herds of wild horses. It departs from the Neptune Gardens/Last Chance store off Highway 240.
The most convenient and accessible view of the valley is from the scenic point at the end of Route 40, about 10 miles outside of Honoka‘a. Take an ATV tour with a company called Ride the Rim, hike the rim with Hawai‘i Forest & Trail, or see the splendor of the valley from horseback.
• Na‘alapa Stables Waipi‘o (808) 775-0419 • Waipi‘o Ridge Stables (808) 775-1007 • Waipi‘o Valley Shuttle (808) 775-7121 • Waipi‘o Ride the Rim (808) 775-1450 or (877) 775-1450 • Hawai‘i Forest & Trail (808) 331-8505