Fodor's Expert Review Waipio Valley Lookout

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An easily accessible access point to see the beauty of the Waipio Valley, this lookout offers a stunning view of the valley and the high cliffs that surround it. Not surprisingly, it's a popular spot, but there's plenty of parking to handle the cars on most days; Hawaii County maintains the park at the top. A treacherous paved road leads down (Big Island car-rental companies don't allow their cars to be driven down because it's so steep, but you can walk down if you wish, though it's 1,000 feet back up). Your best bet for seeing the wonders of the valley floor is with a guided four-wheel-drive tour.Due to repair work, Waipio Valley Road going down to the valley was closed at the time of writing for all but essential uses. Check ahead and confirm with outfitters.  

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Hwy. 240
Kukuihaele, Hawaii  96727, USA

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