Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley, the Valley of the Kings.  In ancient Hawaii this valley was considered a sacred place to the ali’i (Hawaiian Royalty) and they would often gather here to decide the successors of their authority.

The floor of the valley is classified as a wetland climate, and is still today ideal conditions for growing the staple food source of Hawaii, Taro. Calm rivers originating from Hi’ilawe waterfall at the back of Waipio cascade across the valley floor (which is surrounded by sheer cliffs 2000 feet above sea level) crossing through one of the longest black sand beaches on the island and straight into the ocean.

Many scenes in the movie Waterworld, were filmed here on this beach.