Lookouts: Polulu and Waipio Valley
This is the end of the line. Before you, the pavement has stopped, giving way to an overwhelming panorama of verdant towering peaks and steep gorges punctuated by winding rivers, waterfalls, and idyllic coastline. Along the legendarily scenic Hamakua Coast, you’ve arrived at an impass where 2,000-foot crests peer over miles of jungles, streams, and a 1,300-foot cascade that plunges into a pillow of lush foliage. This is the “The Valley of the Kings”, the sacred valley of Waipio that sheltered King Kamehameha I in his youth. Today, its historical significance is overshadowed only by the unending beauty of this largely-untouched landscape. With the Pacific lapping in the distance, it’s a staggering vista. But it’s not alone. This stretch of coast links seven ancient valleys, two of which are easily accessible by road. North of Waipio, Highway 270 is the gateway to the remote Pololu Valley overlook, where the road peters out at one of the world’s most beautiful parking lots. Here, you’ll discover an astounding travel poster landscape where jewel-tone sea cliffs and waters are augmented by black sands and islets. Fill the gas tank and clear the memory card because on the Big Island, dead ends are just the beginning.
It was quite a little drive to this beautiful valley from the highway but once we walked down to the lookout area, the view and scenery were breathtaking. Even though it was a quick visit, I would say this is a must see! We also visited the Pololu Valley the day before but I would have to say, from personal experience, that Waipi'o Valley is more awe-striking than Pololu. A gorgeous valley to take in and hopefully someday I will revisit...
Lookouts: Polulu and Waipio Valley and More Nearby
Big Island, Hawaii