Located along the lush coast of Hamakua lies the sacred valley of Waipio. This valley, also called ‘Valley of the Kings' was the home of King Kamehameha I and bears great cultural history along with immense beauty. Waipio Valley was once the home to thousands of Native Hawaiians, and today there are less than 200 residents living in the valley.
This valley offers spectacular views from the lookout point, which many tourists and locals alike enjoy. You can stop there, or hike down the steep road down to the mile long black sand beach. The road into the valley requires 4-wheel drive and is an extremely steep hill. Wear proper hiking shoes and clothing if you're venturing down to the valley on foot.
The hike down to the beach takes approximately 20-40 minutes on the way down, and 40-60 minutes on the way up depending on how many breaks you take. Although the hike is not easy, it is worth the work to venture down to see beautiful views and lounge around the 1-mile long black sand beach.