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  • Address: Highway 240, Honokaa 96727, USA
  • Admission: Free
Forming a deep natural amphitheater that’s washed by the sea and waterfalls, the Waipio Valley, on the Big Island of Hawaii, is a natural wonderland marked by rain forests and hiking trails. Cliffs thousands of feet high plunge to the valley floor, where a curved black-sand beach meets the sea.

The Basics
Known for its rich history and its natural beauty alike, the “Valley of the Kings” offers experiences for just about every type of traveler. Ride ATVs while learning about the valley’s lore, snap photos from the Waipio Valley Lookout, soar above 2,000-foot (610-meter) cliffs in a helicopter, or spend the day visiting some of Hawaii’s most famous waterfalls, including the towering Hi’ilawe Falls.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waipio Valley is a must-see for adventure travelers, history buffs, or first-time visitors to the island.
  • Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Don’t attempt to drive a rental car into the valley; the road is extremely steep and many rental agreements prohibit it.
  • Hiking down to the black-sand beach requires a high level of physical fitness, but anyone can enjoy the views from the Waipio Valley Lookout.

How to Get There
The stunning Waipio Valley is located on the Big Island’s northern Hamakua Coast. The roads here are notoriously steep and should only be accessed by four-wheel drive, horseback, or organized tour (from Kukuihaele).

When to Get There
Since the views are one of the biggest draws, plan to visit on a clear, sunny day. November is the wettest month on the Big Island, and rain tends to impact how much of the valley is visible. Organized tours typically don’t run on Sundays.

Sacred, Mythical, Historical Waipio Valley
The Waipio Valley was once the home of many of Hawaii’s past rulers, and has great sacred and mythical significance. It was here where Kamehameha the Great (the first ruler of a unified Kingdom of Hawaii) was proclaimed the future ruler of the islands by Kakailimoku (a Hawaiian god). It’s also the site of several important Hawaiian temples, or heiaus.

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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona, Big Island of Hawaii, null
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Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter Flight from Kona

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Get breathtaking views of Hawaii from the air! On this deluxe, two-hour helicopter tour of the Big Island, you’ll take off from Kona and fly above spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration: 100-120 minutes

From USD $559.00
Big Island in a Day: Waterfalls, Rainforest, Coffee Farm, History, Big Island of Hawaii, Helicopter ... 
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Big Island in a Day: Waterfalls, Rainforest, Coffee Farm, History

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This 10-11 hour nature tour offers an in-depth look at Hawaii’s youngest and largest island. Explore the diverse landscape and natural wonders, including visit ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.30
Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls, Big Island of ... 
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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka Falls

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See three of the Big Island’s famous waterfalls — Hiilawe Falls, Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls — on this tour to the Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast. Discover ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $186.46
Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure, Big Island of Hawaii, Full-day Tours
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Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

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Experience the best of the Big Island's natural beauty on a full-day private tour with an experienced guide. Explore Hawaii's active Kilauea volcano, lush ...  Read more

Location: Hawaii, Hawaii
Duration: 8 to 12 hrs

From USD $225.00

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