Waimea Canyon And Koke’e State Park

Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is a mile wide and 10 miles long. At the Kok’ee Natural History Museum, children can learn about native plants and animals. (Visit: www.kokee.org) It’s also the place to a hike in Kokee State Park and Waimea Canyon. Along the 45 miles of hiking trails through native rain forests and bogs, you can spot endemic plants and emerald and ruby-colored Hawaiian forest birds.

Stops with views and comfort stations:

  • Waimea Canyon Lookout: Offers an unforgettable view into Waimea Canyon
  • Pu’u ka pele Lookout: Picnic pavilions
  • Puu Hinahina Lookout: Vistas of the canyon and in the distance, the private island of Niihau, where only native Hawaiians are allowed to live
  • Kalalau Lookout: Dramatic views through the valley to the Pacific almost 4,000 feet below. Look carefully and you’ll spot waterfalls.

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