DAY SEVEN: WAIPIO VALLEY WATERFALL HIKE
Ok, DAY SEVEN:
Driving from Kona to Waipio took about two hours, but after a funny break in Waimea, the Wild West town of Big Island, Hawaii, where stop signs say ‘whoa’, we got to the magical valley of Waipio.
There are two famous hikes here – the 2 or 3 night hike to Waimanu, and the waterfall hike.
If you do the former, you start from the lookout carpark and trek down the 4WD hairpin road to the black sand beach and traverse the valley to the steep track the other side.
For the waterfall hike that we did, take your 4WD down to the valley floor and go left to the ford. Start from the ford.
What to wear: swimwear, no clothes and trainers with socks.
Route: some track along the river side, some swimming upstream (keep shoes on), some rock hopping.
Beware: Of Lepto. This is a disease caught in freshwater in Hawaii. I still swim here, but might get fever in a couple of weeks. Unpleasant, but easily treatable I hear.
Timing: It takes about two hours to get to the waterfall base, about 45 mins back.
Dogs: Don’t take them, ours ended up in a backpack on the way back, she got tired of scrambling.
Bugs: I didn’t wear repellant and normally I’m annihilated, but I was fine.
Amazing waterfall. And that was Day Seven. Over and Out.