Waipio Valley Lookout
Waipio Valley Lookout
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  • LARS101
    California457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views! Must do!
    Definitely a must do IMO ! The view is absolutely stunning . It was quite a drive from Waikaloa but we’ll worth it! We took a little picnic and easily found a spot at the covered picnic area. The drive or hike down to the valley was closed to tourists, which we weren’t planning to do anyways. On the way back we stopped by one of the fresh fruit stands to get some fresh coconut which was a fun little break as well!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 August 2023
  • smhr
    Pickering, Canada298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice pleasant views, but not spectacular.
    Waipo Valley can only be visited by locals but Waipo Valley lookout is open to all visitors. It is located about 30 mins North of Hilo and is a very easy drive. The views from the lookout is pleasant but not spectacular. From the parking lot, you will need to take a steep walk to get to the lookout. If someone has mobility issues, then this will be a challenge. If you want to get to the Waipo valley itself then locals do take you there via a shuttle. The cost is about $75/person (though I am not sure about that) I will recommend it if its convenient
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a view!!
    What a view! The history here is really cool, and you can just imagine it! At some point I'd love to get a ride down, too bad you can't just go on your own...but definitely worth the 12 min drive from Honoka'a to see this overlook! This is definitely a favorite family pic!! Beautiful!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 May 2024
  • CA
    Dallas, Texas767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning!
    This was the most beautiful spot we visited on the island. We parked along the street and it’s just a short walk down to the lookout. There isn’t anything to do except the overlook. It is just a quick stop, but the views are incredible. I recommend anyone who visits here to stop at Tex Drive In!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 May 2024
  • CumTresLunae
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely go and see this beautiful place.
    We enjoyed this spot while vacationing in Hawaii. This is a great alternative for seeing the Waipio Valley, since the road to the actual valley is closed to the public. It was somewhat overcast while we were there, but it was STILL beautiful despite the weather. Highly recommend!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 May 2024
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
This is one place that always merits a visit when on the Big Island. The sun illuminates this sacred valley in the earlier hours. It was so green this time of year. It was raining on the way out there, yet the sun peeked out for some nice photos once we got got out of the car. They installed a new colorful sign marker, yet the historical timeline metal panels down at the viewing/picnic area, are badly faded and scratched.

Parking was a breeze due to the sparse crowd. Covid-19 made for many uncrowded stops this visit to the islands. It can be an absolute zoo during peak months. The toilets on site were pretty clean, and feature flush, not pit, toilets. The road down to valley floor is pretty narrow, and you must have a 4WD for that part. I have been down it only via guided tours, and can attest to the frustration they incur when having to navigate around rookie tourists. Also, avoid feeding the feral cats that seem to hang around here.

Mahalo.
Written 13 March 2021
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audrey m
New York20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We have been coming to this valley and walking down to the valley from the road and sometimes crossing the river and continuing on with our hike. This year we could not do the hike as the road is closed to hikers and cars. The only way to get down to the valley is to pay a driver $72.00 per person to drive you down and back. It is a money grab from the locals and absolutely sends the wrong message to tourists. I also want to note that we always stopped at the town nearby for lunch and shopping. Now we will do neither: we will not pay someone to drive us down to the beach and we will not be stopping in the town. How shortsighted of the locals -- within five years most of the shops in town will probably be closed due to lack of tourists.
Written 19 December 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada298 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Waipo Valley can only be visited by locals but Waipo Valley lookout is open to all visitors. It is located about 30 mins North of Hilo and is a very easy drive. The views from the lookout is pleasant but not spectacular.

From the parking lot, you will need to take a steep walk to get to the lookout. If someone has mobility issues, then this will be a challenge.

If you want to get to the Waipo valley itself then locals do take you there via a shuttle. The cost is about $75/person (though I am not sure about that)

I will recommend it if its convenient
Written 15 November 2023
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Hellohangry
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Park your car in their lot and you are already at the lookout sign. If you want to go further in, it's a quick 2 minute downward walk to the lookout. Tis beautiful to see.

Would I go again? Nope.
In hindsight would I go if it was my first time? If that's the only reason I'm traveling down the Waimea path from kona to see this place then no. It's not worth the extra drive for a place that I'd realistically only stay 15-20 minutes for. Especially as I would not do the hike. If I was doing something more along the way like the polulu trail, then maybe.
Written 21 February 2020
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Stephen M
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
The view is worth the drive up the coast. No need for 4 wheel drive if you just view the look out. If you drive down to the valley its not scary nor to you need to be a rockcrawler. All 4x4 (not all wheel drive) vehicle will make it.
Written 4 January 2021
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CumTresLunae
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We enjoyed this spot while vacationing in Hawaii. This is a great alternative for seeing the Waipio Valley, since the road to the actual valley is closed to the public. It was somewhat overcast while we were there, but it was STILL beautiful despite the weather. Highly recommend!
Written 30 May 2024
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,957 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Waipio Valley in Hawaii is possibly the best view in the States. I've traveled a lot around America and was absolutely blown away by the beauty of this place. The beach, cliffs, ocean, everything. I so wish I could go down to the valley, at least the lookout is open. I was here for about 20 minutes and it was sunny at first then started to pour rain so I got great photos of the two scenarios. Beautiful place and well worth a visit.
Written 23 September 2022
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Stunning coastline view with amazing color contrasts. It is easy to find and part of our drive through Waimea (coming from Kona). It is a stop over place, quick valley lookout with bathroom facilities and free parking.

They do control 4x4 access to the valley, not sure if we will allot time for that next trip. This was perfect, as after this stop, we went to Tex Drive In for their famous malasadas!
Written 17 April 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,628 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Waipi'o Lookout is just down the coast from the Polola Lookout reviewed earlier. It too offers beautiful views of the ocean and the cliffs created when Kohala Volcano (the oldest volcano on the big island) suffered a massive landslide - only from the other side.
There is a narrow, one-way path to the bottom of Waipiʻo Valley and people actually live there. The path has a sign that says "local residents only" and "4-wheel drive only". It looked like the guard at the top had a radio to ensure that vehicles only traveled in one direction at a time but I never checked.
Written 4 April 2023
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wohdonkey
Newark, OH2,237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
This location has unforgettable views and great photo ops. It was so beautiful at this lookout and so peaceful. It is a quick stop if you just do the lookout. Or there is a hike or a drive down to the beach if you have the right vehicle. It is a very steep hike. We only went halfway down as we spoke to someone who told us it was high tide and we would have had to go thru some water to get to the beach. We weren’t dressed appropriately so we did not go all the way down. It is definitely a challenge to walk down and back up as well but we saw plenty of people doing it. There were also 4 wheel drive vehicles going down as well because those are the only vehicles allowed on this road. It is a must stop if in the area.
Written 8 February 2020
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