What is Waipio Valley known for today?

The Valley of the Kings
Located on the Hamakua Coast, the sacred Waipio Valley was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I, and an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii. Not only is “The Valley of the Kings” an important site for Hawaiian history and culture, it’s also a place of dramatic tropical beauty.

How hard is Waipio Valley hike?

Waipio Valley Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honokaa, Hawaii, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

How long is the hike into Waipio Valley?

Starting at the Waipio Valley overlook (photo above), the hike down to the black sand beach on the valley floor is about 1.5 miles or 2.4 kilometers. It takes about 30 – 45 minutes, but the walk back up will take anywhere between 1 – 1.5 hours depending on your level of physical fitness.

Can you drive into Waipio Valley?

Once on the valley floor, there are no paved roads. Non-4×4 vehicles are prohibited on this road, even though it is paved. Vehicles must descend in first gear, low range, to avoid brake failure. Driving non-4×4 vehicles into the valley can be, and has been, fatal.

Can you swim in Waipio Valley?

This beach isn’t really good for snorkeling or swimming thanks to the strong currents and high surf but the area is popular with very experienced surfers. We generally spend our time here relaxing on the shore, watching the waves and hiking or exploring around the shoreline.

Do people live in Waipio Valley?

Today only about 50 people live in the Waipio Valley. These are taro farmers, fishermen, and others who are reluctant to leave their simple lifestyle.

Is Waipio Valley hike worth it?

There is no question about it, the Waipio Valley hike is 100% worth it! It is easily our favorite hike that we have ever done! You will not regret the amazing views of cascading waterfalls, 2,000 foot cliffs to the ocean, lush vegetation, wild horses and black sand beaches.

What should I wear to Waipio Valley?

Pack proper hiking shoes—due to the steep and slippery terrain in the valley, it is best to wear proper shoes for the hike. We recommend closed-toe hiking shoes for this hike. Avoid wearing flip-flops. Sunscreen—always wear sunscreen.

Does Waipio Valley have a black sand beach?

The black sand beach of Waipi’o valley The beach is split in two by the river coming out of the valley, and depending on the amount of water it can be difficult to cross. The beach looks beautiful and is a very good place to relax after coming down into the valley, but take care with going into the water.

Where is the Waipio Valley on Big Island?

The largest and most dramatic of the windward valleys along Kohala Mountain, the Waipio Valley has long held importance to those who call the Big Island home. Located along the island’s northern shore, Waipio Valley means “the land of curving water”, named after the streams that run through the area.

Are there people living in Waipi o Valley?

There are people living in Waipi‘o Valley. You can see the road and some houses and agricultural activity on the valley floor. To get to the beach, turn right as soon as you reach the valley floor. After a few minutes you will reach a black-sand beach.

Is there a shuttle to the Waipio Valley?

Alternatively, the Waipio Valley Shuttle is the original 4-wheel drive tour of “the land of curving water” and is a mesmerizing and intimate look at the valley. If you love sightseeing, the shuttle tour is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon on the Big Island.

Who was the king of the Waipi’o Valley?

The valley was the permanent home for Hawaiian ali’i (royalty) until the time of King ʻUmi-a-Līloa. Later in 1780, the great King Kamehameha received the war god Kūkaʻilimoku in Waipi’o, proclaiming him the future conquerer of all the Hawaiian Islands.