The Waipi’O Valley Overlook, located in sunny and beautiful Waimea, is among the most popular scenic destinations on the Big Island. More specifically located along the northern Hamakua Coast, this boyhood home of King Kamehameha is a very important site for Hawaiian history and culture. The valley is considered sacred, both religiously and historically, to locals as well as the community of visiting international tourists. This is another great opportunity to be immersed in local Hawaiian culture and also learn interesting insider info about the Royal Hawaiian Kingdom. Remember all that you have learned about King Kamehameha in the past few days and culminate it all into this scenic overlook stop.
Not only are the history and culture embedded into this site amazing, but the views shine the most with the fertile valley providing some of the most dramatic tropical beauty in all of the island. The Waipi’O Valley is a total of a single mile across and five miles wide, complete with a 2,000 foot cliff, several waterfalls, taro fields, and many rivers. This valley contains Hiilawe Falls, the tallest in the region at 1,300 feet above sea level. Bring some binoculars or a camera to really enjoy and capture the moment, the view from the overlook of the surrounding rivers, valleys, gorges, volcanoes, and sandy ocean beachfront is truly breathtaking!