Waipio, the land of Curving Water, is one of the scenic wonders of
Hawaii. Experience one of the most verdant valleys and wander through
the meandering rivers that flow between the taro patches until they
lose themselves in the breathtaking surf at the ocean's edge.
the magnificent waterfalls as they cascade 1,200 feet down to
the valley floor. This six mile valley sits between 2,000 foot
high cliffs and offers a mesmerizing view unique to all Hawaii.
Waipio Valley once housed the kings of ancient Hawaii and served as
a retreat for Hawaiian royalty. It is for this reason that the valley
was bestowed with the nickname "The Valley of the Kings".
When Waipio was discovered in 1823, the valley was adorned with taro
patches, banana trees, fish ponds, several heiau and a place of refuge,
Pakaalana. There were nearly 1,500 residents who farmed the land and
leisurely activities included fishing, swimming, and coordinating celebrations
(luaus). By the 1900's, this close-knot community consisted of a few
homes , schools, stores, restaurants, a hotel, a post office, jails,
billiard halls, and churches.
It is also a sacred and historical site where Kamehameha the Great
received custody of Kukailimoku, the war god of the kings of Hawaii.
At Waipio, Kamehameha engaged in the first naval battle in Hawaiian
history and began his conquest and his reign over the islands lasting
until his death in 1819.
A few residents continue to operate taro farms in the pastoral valley
and horses roam freely amongst the fresh water rivers, lotus ponds,
flora, fruit trees and sandy beach.
Partake in this memorable adventure in one of nature's wonders and
journey back in time into the island's history.