Student Life Center (SLC)

Waipio Valley

Student pose by the beach in Waipio Valley

A group of students on the sandy beach in Waipio Valley

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Outdoor EdVenture Program

This beautiful lush valley, once a favorite retreat for royalty, is a must-see on the Big Island.  It is the last (and most accessible) in the chain of valleys carving out the Kohala Mountains.  It is noted for its steep green walls reaching 2,000 ft. high and numerous waterfalls etching the sides. The valley can be observed from the overlook, but there is much more to see by venturing down the road into the valley. The coast is lined with a black sand beach great for relaxing. A lot of the land back here is privately owned, so be careful to not trespass or disrespect the land.

Things to do:

  • Relax at the beach
  • Swim if conditions are good
  • Hike/Explore

What to bring:

  • Plenty of water (The hike is strenuous due to the steepness of the road)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing (The weather may be rain or shine)