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Waipio is a valley and neighborhood in one. The historic valley, which features a black sand beach, wide river, wild horses, and a deep cultural relevance for Hawaiians, also doubles as a unique place to live and homes scattered throughout the jungle.
Nestled along the Hamakua Coast, Waipio is wild, but friendly, beautiful yet meaningful, mysterious yet welcoming. Whether you walk down the steep hill or brave a drive in, Waipio is one of the best experiences the Big Island has to offer.
See & Do
Waipio Valley is a lush green haven for humans and plants along the Hamakua Coast. The valley is known for gorgeous waterfalls, of which the most well known is Hi`ilawe at the back of the valley. Other falls sort of randomly decorate the valley as rains increase or go away, such as one at the eastern end of the valley on the beach. But it's Hi`ilawe, which has served as muses for musicians and photographers, that draws the most visitors and is worth the hike back.
There are no hotels in or around Waipio Valley, which adds to the feeling of nature and seclusion. But there are several vacation rentals which are residential homes with full kitchens and the usual "homey" elements a house has to offer. There are several in the area which can be found easily with an online search. Staying in one of these is great for several reasons. You're above the valley, not far down in it, and close to Waimea town and other beautiful sights along the Hamakua Coast.