Waipio Valley Lookout, Big-Island of Hawaii
The Big-Island’s Waipio Valley is one of the most interesting places that I’ve visited in Hawaii. This remote and sparsely populated refuge was once home to thousands of Hawaiians, and was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I. It was an important center of ancient Hawaii’s political and religious life. There’s a steep half-mile road that ascends into this valley that is not for the faint-hearted, but is well-worth the thrill.
Several years ago I was given a personal expedition into this isolated valley by a full-blooded native Hawaiian who lived near the lookout’s summit. He was born and raised in Waipio Valley and his family had lived there for many generations. The fascinating stories he told me during our journey continually brought goose-bumps. It is truly one of the highlights of my Hawaii explorations. He also pointed out the waterfall in the back of the valley and said that when it flows it is the world’s second-tallest waterfall. This valley is a must-see for all who visit Hawaii’s Big-Island!
Aloha Hawaiian Vacations offers an expedition to Waipio Valley in their All Inclusive Big-Island of Hawaii Vacation Package.