Waipio Means "Curved Water"
King Kamehameha's childhood home, this commanding Hamakua Coast location called Waipio Valley, offers some of the most dramatic mountain and waterfall views in all of Hawaii. Many early Hawaiian Ali'i considered the valley home and their permanent residence. A surfer's paradise, the shoreline along the bottom is comprised of the most beautiful black sand beach. It brings together all sorts green colors from the lush natural backdrop towards the blue ocean waves as they come rolling in. From the Waipio Valley lookout point thousands of daily visitors come to expand their learning curves by reading all of the fantastic material available.
In the valley, Taro has been historically cultivated for centuries upon the fertile valley floors. It is considered as the potato of the tropics and used in the most delicious dishes prepared with the utmost care. Poi being the most popular amongst the array of fantastic Hawaiian foods. Named after the river that runs through it, the sacred Waipio Valley stretches 1 mile across and 5 miles deep. The majestic sea cliffs tower approximately 2,000 feet above sea level offering a manifestation of the utmost beautiful organic views in the entire Hawaiian Island chain. Our Waipio Valley aerial photos page has 5 exclusive aerial photographs taken to share with our friends and clients.
At the end of Hamakua heritage corridor drive just below Honokaa town, you will come to the end of the road and find free parking. The overlook is a very special and scenic place. Several well known tour guides in the area will be more than happy to share tales of old time and stories of the valley. Driving into Waipio valley is not recommended as the road is very steep and requires experienced 4 wheel drive vehicle handling. Another prominent name for Waipio Valley is Valley of the Kings. Known and revered as the place where King Kamehameha united the islands, it will always remain a very sacred and divine place of solitude and refuge.
Contributed by Paul Adams, BIC - Luxury Big Island