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“A view to another place in time”

Waipio Valley Lookout
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Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Honokaa
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Ferndale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“A view to another place in time”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

I never get tired of visiting this lookout. It truly is at the end of the road...the view of the rugged coastline in the distance is inaccessible except by helicopter. The lookout has plenty of parking, restrooms and a covered area to sit.

There is a very treacherous, steep road to the valley and beach below. I've been on it with a 4-wheel drive and it was pretty rough. If you decide to hike down allow enough time, take a hat and bring something to drink. The valley is home to Taro farmers...there are some homesteads that just ooze with history. At the back of the valley are several waterfalls that form a river and flows into the ocean. The beach is quite expansive and a favorite surfing spot for the locals. Plenty of trees down there for shade. Great photo opportunities!

Visited November 2013
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“Best outlook on the island?”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

The outlook is 20 miles from highway 19+-. Great views from this very special place. Besides the views, the location is a sacred area, a source of seed conservation and historic homestead of many Hawaiians. The farming is part of the view, as well as, the ocean. A roadway (pedestrians) leads down to the water. it is a tough walk...water, hat, sunscreen, snack, etc. I suspect the walk is 1 hour plus, and naturally you would want to spend some time and maybe take a dip and a few pictures. There are a few benches in the shade at the top, but they were being used by one group, leaving unoccupied space unavailable! We recommend this stop.

Parking okay, but not unlimited.

Visited October 2013
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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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“Greatest Lookout on the Islands”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

If you are on this side of the island, don't miss this lookout for anything at all. Right up there with the Kalalau lookout, this will take your breath away. That being said, don't even think about driving into the valley. I docked one point because of how privatized such a natural wonder is (the valley).

Visited March 2013
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“Worth the trip”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Our party of 4 friends stayed in Waikoloa, on the other side of the island. However, this was one trip we wouldn't have missed! The scenery is incredible! As with all beach areas in Hawaii, there is public access. Although I'd be VERY careful about doing any swimming in this one due to the numerous rocky outcroppings. There is also, as with other beaches, picnic areas & rest rooms as well.

Visited October 2013
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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“Love the hike down”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Had business in Honoka'a. Decided to drive out to the overlook. Been there many times, but never in the valley. On the spur of the moment decided to hike down. Great view the entire way. Easy hike down and back up, although it is steep on the way back. Beach looks better from a distance. Excellent way to spend some time in this area. Usual problem along the way with the locals being completely paranoid someone will step on their land. Highly recommend the hike down.

Visited October 2013
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