Waipio Valley is at the northeast end of Hawaii Island, the Big Island, a few miles after Honokaa Town. It is a lush valley that in history was the residence of many Hawaiian kings before statehood. The lookout is far above the valley and looks out to the Pacific Ocean and also the valley and a mountain on the other side.
There is a steep road (4 wheel drive vehicles only) that descends to the valley from the lookout. The roughly paved road has a 25% average grade and steeper in spots. The road also acts a walking trail down to the valley.
On this day I had only planned to visit the lookout. But it was such a nice day, I decided to walk a little ways down the road/trail. I wound up walking a little more than half the way down and was feeling the stress of the steep grade. I had walked all the way down about 25 years ago and knew it was a tough walk. But 25 years make a big difference even though I keep in shape by walking every day, I felt this. The next time I will get a ride down with someone that has a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Whenever I get I chance to get back there I will do a video on the valley. From what I remember there are a lot of private areas in the valley, so heed the warning signs and only walk in the public areas.
Filmed with the Sony NX70.
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