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45-690 Pakalana St, Honokaa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96727-6934
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Reviewed yesterday

We stopped at this lookout on our way from Hilo to Waikoloa. The view was stunning and would be even better on a clear day. At the time of our visit there was rain cloud around that obscured the view a little. It was not...More

Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 2 days ago

What an amazing view! We visited Hawaii for our summer vacation in 2018 - the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai. On our last full day on the Big Island we had a full day: - Overnight drive from Kona to Hilo, on the Saddle Road,...More

Thank Michael V
Reviewed 6 days ago

while it's a great view, it can get crowded as soon as a bus pulls up. Besides, it's much better to get down into the valley on a horseback ride!

Thank Eugistic
Reviewed 1 week ago

The view from the lookout is stunning, and the beach is wild and beautiful. If you drive down, have a 4x4 vehicle and go slow. Traffic coming up has the right-of-way and there are a few areas where you can pull over but if you...More

Thank NorthStar818596
Reviewed 1 week ago

Short walk from the car park down to a view point with beautiful scenery. Looking across the valley to the headlands beyond. Was a bit misty when we were there but still beautiful. Toilets available here too.

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 1 week ago

Waipio Valley lookout is one of the most beautiful views in Big Island. We did not have the time to go down. There is a shuttle service just a few mins from the lookout that takes you down. Even without going down it was a...More

Thank travelank2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great lookout and on the return trip there is a truck with tables and chairs set on the grass where you can get a hot or cold drink, ice cream or coconut water. You can sit and take in the view and...More

Thank Janice N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lookout was a beautiful view of the ocean. You could walk down the very steep slope down to the black sand beach. The hike I would recommend for more experienced and passionate hikers. For me it was a rough way up and down but...More

Thank Maddie B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm going through some old photos BEFORE the eruption and found I hadn't reviewed this so am taking the time to do so now... This was the first stop on our drive from Waikoloa to Kilauea caldera. Hard to find parking, so I suggest driving...More

Thank nagiffag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a steep walk down to the lookout area for a cool view of the cliffs, ocean, and black sand beach. The lookout area isn't that large. Wish we had the time to go down to the black sand beach itself! (Note: The drive down...More

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8 January 2018|
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Response from Lryu | Reviewed this property |
Yes lots of shade in the morning. Starts to get sunny at around 11-12.
9 November 2017|
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Response from Stu C | Reviewed this property |
No you don’t need to book in advance ... however you will need a very reliable 4 wheel drive vehicle (all wheel not acceptable). And in my opinion a experience driver this road is not for novices
24 August 2017|
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Response from Ridgehunter | Reviewed this property |
Drive is about 45 mins from Hilo. No 4x4 required for the lookout. Have fun!
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