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Hamakua Coast

The Big Island’s Hamakua Coast is an area of lush plant life, cascading waterfalls, and steep cliffs and valley walls. It is a district on the north east coast of the big island, but also loosely used to describe the coastline from Waipio Valley to Hilo.  A drive along this coastline takes you across several gourges and narrow bridges spanning rivers below.

Waipio Valley is over a mile wide and 5 miles deep from the coast. It is surrounded by 2000′ valley walls and is home to Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls, Hiilawe, which are twin 1300′ falls.

Hiilawe Falls

Hiilawe Falls

 

Waipio is also home to the longest black sand beach on the island, spanning the mile wide opening of the valley.

Waipio Valley  Beach

Waipio Valley Beach

 

Laupahoehoe point along the Hamakua coast is a beautiful area to observe destruction wrought by the 1946 “April fools day tsunami”. A monument to the lives lost stands at the point.

Laupahoehoe Point

Laupahoehoe Point

 

Akaka falls is a mesmerizing 442′ waterfall that can be viewed after a short walk through the jungle.

Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

 

Book your trip today on one of our Waipio Valley and Hamakua Coast tours to see these attractions and more!