Introducing Waipiʻo Valley
There's something tantalizing about the end of the road. It's where adventure meets the unknown and 'what do we do now?' becomes a wonderfully enticing prospect. You'll feel it when Hwy 240 dead-ends on the cliffs overlooking Waipiʻo Valley, the largest of seven spectacular amphitheater valleys on the windward side of the Kohala Mountains. Waipiʻo (Curving Water) is an emerald patchwork of forest, lotus and loʻi (taro patches) 6 miles deep, where waterfalls plunge earthward from 2000ft vertical pali (cliffs). Completing this natural tableau of divine proportions is the river cleaving the valley floor toward the surf-fringed, boulder-strewn, black-sand beach. Few sites in Hawaii rival sacred Waipiʻo for dramatic beauty.
For 'stop and click' tourists, the scenic lookout is the end of the road. If you want more information, read about our two hiking options and talk to the ranger at the information booth