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Waimea Canyon

Koke'e Road, Kekaha, HI 96752
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    Amazing views. We arrived early and was a haze in canyon. as soon as sun got up it started to lift. I suggest going straight to Kalakaua lookout first, then stopping back by the canyon. Great trip. Many trails to hike b in this area.

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  • Waimea CanyonPro 2014
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    The Waimea Canyon is so unbelievably beautiful. It looks prehistoric and feels perfectly untouched by civilization. From the lookout, the vastness of the canyon is humbling. Truly a must see.

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  • Waimea CanyonPro 2014

    I enjoyed a flight over Waimea Canyon in an ultralight (hang glider). The view is stunning, and there are other ways to access the area as well.

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    It is so beautiful a great place for vacation photo ops. You won't regret taking the time to go & enjoy it!

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    Great Views. Road is a bit windy and steep, so yet another way to view it is to take a flight with wings over kauai during a clear day.

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    View early in morning to early afternoon to get the sun in the canyon. Very steep drive up and down the canyon. Many trails and a gift shop in Kokee. Fantastic views.

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    Wonderful day trip idea. Just an incredible view and amazing bit of geography!
    Take a sweater, as it can be chilly up top. Great hiking trails and waterfalls.
    Enjoy! Only 30 min from Poipu.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Beautiful canyon with unbelievable colors. Come up in the morning for the best views. The clouds come and go, so have patience :)

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  • Waimea CanyonPro 2014
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    Great views. Not many scenic points to stop at, other than the grand point halfway up the drive. Wish we had more time to go further up, maybe that would boost my rating? Or maybe more time for a hike?

    Relatively large parking lot, bathroom facilities make this stop a pleasant one

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  • Waimea Canyon

    The Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Not to be missed. Love to hike? This is your place! Views of the North Shore and top views of the Napali Coast.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty. Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through the canyon and the nearby Alakai Swamp. The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum has hiking maps of the area. There are no gas stations along the 40-mile Waimea Canyon Road so be sure to fill up before starting this trip. The main park area provides restrooms. The elevation makes the air 10-15 degrees cooler than in the valley and by afternoon many areas are often shrouded in clouds.
    Useful Information:
    -Waimea Canyon Road travels the canyon and provides excellent lookouts of the gorge
    -No gas stations are located along this road - be sure to fill up before starting the trip
    -Excellent photo opportunies at every turn
    -Best viewing of the Kalalau Valley is in the early morning
    -Numerous trails lead through and above the canyon - check at the Ranger Station for maps
    -Certain trails require a state permit before hiking
    -Camping available at Koke'e Campground
    -Hale Koa Cabins also available - call 808-335-5290 for information and reservations
    -For weather information in the canyon, call 808-245-6001

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  • Waimea CanyonPro 2014
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    Picture a shorter length grand canyon in a lush tropical paradise and you get this place. It is awe inspiring and very very beautiful. After flying over it and driving/hiking around in it, if you are in Kauai you MUST check this place out.

    Pictures and movies just do not do this place any justice. This is coming from a photographer. Its possible to impart that it is daunting, but you just dont see how awe inspiring the place really is, unless you see it in person.

    So please do yourself a favor and GO HERE!

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  • Waimea CanyonPro 2014
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    Great roadside viewpoints and a variety of hikes reward anyone who makes the drive all the way around the island to West Kauai. Nicknaming it the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" may be a stretch, but it's still an incredible view of rainbow-colored layers of eroded lava-born cliffs, with waterfalls springing to life after rain. If you want a challenge, hike the Kukui Trail straight down to the canyon floor (but be prepared for muddy, slick conditions unless the sun has been shining for at least a day or two beforehand).

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  • Waimea CanyonCommunity ManagerPro 2014
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    The beautiful Grand Canyon of the Pacific, it's 10 miles long and 3000 feet deep. Waimea means "reddish water", caused by the erosion of the canyon's red soil. Drive along and stop to see an amazing view of the land, canyon, and rivers below.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Pick a sunny day to drive to Waimea Canyon so you can enjoy the beautiful views. Be sure to see Kalalau Valley Lookout.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Go early in the morning to avoid any fog. This usually works best on the first or second day after you arrive, with the jet lag its easy to get up early! Don't miss the view point at the very end of the road past Kokee Park.

    Don't miss views of Niihau on your way back down the road on a clear day

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  • Waimea Canyon

    My favorite hiking spot. Visit the park and trails at least 1-2 times a month. Kauai is my home.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    A MUST SEE while on Kauai, but make sure you also go to the end of the road to see the Kalalau Lookout!

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  • Waimea Canyon

    A WORLD WONDER KNOWN AS THE LITTLE GRAND CANYON.
    BE SURE TO PULL OFF AT LOOKOUTS. SOME OF OUR FAVORITE HIKES ARE NEAR KOKEE AT THE TOP. A STOP HERE AT THE MUSEUM IS GREAT AND WE RECOMMEND THE PORTUGESE SOUP AND CORNBREAD AT THE RESTAURANT.

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  • Waimea Canyon

    Encountered mixed weather on our drive up the canyon, but that led to some amazing light for photos. The highlight was a rainbow forming just below us, next to a baby goat on cliff. Truly remarkable to be looking down on such a beautiful sight.

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Waimea Canjon is easily the most spectacular natural attraction on the entire chain of Hawaiian Islands. Still, this absolutely mind-blowing natural formation is not likely something you would be able to recognize as distinctly Hawaiian because of it's incredibly unique appearance. In fact, one would likely brush a photo of Waimea Canyon off as a photo-shopped picture of the Grand Canyon were they not familiar with this particular location. Waimea Canyon may not be able to match the sprawling size of her "grander" cousin, but the dazzling colors in the volcanic soil and lush tropical setting here make this maybe the most scenic place on earth.

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