Waipio Valley was definitely my favorite spot to explore during my whole trip. Even when you are standing right smack in front of the lookout, you are questioning if it is indeed actually really there. Waipio Valley was a place where earlier Kings lived and now it serves as a beautiful place where people from all over the world can come hike and see so many beautiful things. From it's black sand beaches to it's incredible hidden waterfalls, everything about the valley was jaw-dropping.
The hike down was pretty intense. It's literally straight downhill so it was really hard on the knees. Make sure you wear really good shoes and bring plenty of water. Once we were finally in the valley, the road goes to the right to get down to the beach or to the straight on gets you to the town area where there is an incredible view of the waterfall. We actually talked with a local who was telling us that there are about 22 families that live in all of the homes. It was really cool talking to her and seeing how different our lives were.
We made our way towards the beach down the last stretch of the hike covered by the most incredible banyan trees and Swiss cheese leaves. The whole hike down takes about 30 minutes so it's not bad at all.
If you don't want to take the hike up & down, this is the view from the lookout. It will do wonders for your heart. I really recommend you taking the hike down to the beach though. It's so incredible and so worth it.
BLACK SAND BEACH. MY FIRST TIME EVER ON A BLACK SAND BEACH PEOPLE. It was seriously the most incredible.
Also, if you don't want to do the really intense hike back up to the top, just thumbs up to the anybody you see driving back up and they will most likely take you to the top. Everyone is so awesome and kind with stuff like that. Most people get around by hitchhiking a ride. It was so much fun and we giggled about it for the longest time. I recommend hitchhiking. Do it.
After the hike we were daydreaming of food. One does not simply forget the snacks while adventuring. Rule #1 and the most important one if I have a say in it. And we definitely forgot the snacks. So we set out on a quest to find the best food back in town.
We stumbled upon the cutest little taco food truck in front of an art gallery so we knew we found the answer to our hanger. Y'all let me just tell you- the tacos were out of this world. THEY WERE SO GOOD. The woman who was owned the art gallery was so kind too and filled with so much love and things to say about the Big Island. It was such a special experience. You can't miss it when driving back from Waipio. You have to stop and say hi and get some tacos too!
It was such a special birthday. They sunsets and the view driving back was such a special end to such a fun day. Waipio valley: a valley fit for the kings. You definitely owned up to your name Waipio.