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Address: Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Big Island Waterfall Tour from Kona: Waipio Valley, Hamakua Coast and Akaka...
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Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley

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Beautiful falls cascading into a peaceful Valley of the Kings

We saw this beautiful waterfall while participating in an ATV tour. While I do NOT recommend the ATV there are other ways to see these falls, and the guide we had on our tour did... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We saw this beautiful waterfall while participating in an ATV tour. While I do NOT recommend the ATV there are other ways to see these falls, and the guide we had on our tour did speak from his heart and shared the details of the Valley,The Falls,and the people now living there with us. The story was beautiful and the... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a highlight of our trip to Hawaii. Great ( fairly easy) hike to 2 falls and breathtaking scenery with lush bamboo, greenery abounds and not really crowded. A must see.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

In case you are following google maps instructions: please do not. You will save a lot of time going through forest and overgrown road for miles and at the end you will see fence with private property that is not possible to go through. Ask people around for reccomendation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The falls at the end of Waipio Valley are almost 1200 feet tall, making them one of the tallest (if not the tallest) waterfalls I've ever seen in person. You can't get too close due to the private property in the valley, but the view is so good that you won't mind too much.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Breathtaking, magical. Thank you to our guide Malia for sharing the legend behind these beautiful waterfalls!!

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This waterfall can be seen at the Waipio Valley Lookout or if you have a 4WD vehicle you can drive down to the Hiilawe Falls to get a closer look and there are also tours that you can sign up for to explore this gorgeous area.

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

It's a must see ,photos from the top are great but once your walking on the black sandy beach .WOW , the drive down is like The Indiana Jones ride at Disney Land on steroids .

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

The hike to the waterfalls crosses private property. And a hiker lost her life in December 2014 while hiking up. We just saw the waterfalls at the distance, from the road. They are magnificent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

I don't know if I could hike all the way from the lookout.......I'm older. We got a ride to the turnoff. Highly recommend the 1/4 mile hike in. We saw horses on the way. Thousands of birds. Jungle.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2015

We visited last March 2014. We were on our way to take a horseback ride in the valley and in the van we stopped to look at the falls. Had to travel down Waipio Road which lots of people who were driving it had a 4 wheeler, jeep or 4x4. We also walked all the way down to the black... More 

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