Waimea Canyon State Park

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Waimea Canyon State Park
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State Parks • Canyons • Lookouts
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"The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," Waimea Canyon is 10 miles long and 3,600 feet deep.
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TeamJK
Los Angeles, CA113 contributions
Gorgeous canyon view
Jul 2021
It is as gorgeous as they say. There’s tours that drive you up, but it was very easy to drive ourselves. Just stop at whatever viewpoints look good, and there’s official lookouts at miles 10 and 12.
Written 31 July 2021
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LarryELee
Olympia, WA70 contributions
This Site Must Be Seen to be Believed - Truly a Grand Canyon
Jul 2021
We spent the better part of the day driving and hiking at the canyon. Many places to pull out for pictures and hiking. It was breathtaking. Go and see it, you won't be disappointed!
Written 31 July 2021
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danavet1
Dawsonville, GA21 contributions
Amazing views
Jul 2021 • Family
Our tour guide was a nice guy and very informative. The views were amazing! This canyon rivals the Grand Canyon in beauty.
Written 28 July 2021
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC99 contributions
A Must See
Jul 2021
We arrived early and the park attendant advised us to drive to the top and work our way down to avoid crowds. That was the best plan. It was a bit misty at the top but still good views. At the Pu'u Hinahina Lookout we did the Canyon Trail hike. We are not hikers. The trail is muddy and slippery in places, this is a hike not a stroll. We saw lots of people with muddy shorts and skinned knees from falls along the trail. Be sure to take plenty of water if you are going to do this hike. The trail is easy to follow. We extended our hike just a bit to get to the small waterfall (worth it if you have already hiked that far). On the hike back we opted to take the dirt road for 4WD vehicles back up to the main road rather than climb through the mud again. I'm glad we did the hike and got to see the views but it was challenging for us at times. The views at the various lookouts are incredible.
Written 25 July 2021
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Patti M
Houston, TX108 contributions
Nice view from lookout!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Drove up by ourselves to this state park lookout and it was a beautiful drive!

You can park at the top and walk onto the observation area for a fee. $10/car and $5/person.

You can get great photos from there.
Written 22 July 2021
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The Inocencio Family
8 contributions
THE Grand Canyon of the Pacific
Jul 2021
This is our second time visiting God's beautiful creation. This time we drove the entire stretch from Barking Sands Naval base thru the beautiful canyon with stops along the way narrated by "Shaka Tours" an app you can get on your phone and ending at the beautiful town of Waimea where we had us some shrimp plates and fresh fruit smoothies. Highly recommend this visit.
Written 21 July 2021
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Z-man
8 contributions
Government Regulations and an Expensive "Tourist Tax" - Not tourist friendly, but more accessible than Ha'ena State Park
Jul 2021
I fell in love with Kauai in 2004 and have now visited Kauai six times. But, unfortunately, Kauai is not the same.

Among other popular tourist destinations in Hawaii, Waimea Canyon State Park is now a money grab revenue generator for the state. Unlike Hāʻena State Park, no reservations are required to visit Waimea Canyon.

If you visit Waimea Canyon, you can pull over onto the roadside at many different locations to enjoy the view without paying the tourist tax of $10 per vehicle and $5 per person, which is not required if you are a Hawaii resident. These are located at all of the "official" parking lots and lookouts along the road.

Koke'e State Park (accessible in Waimea Canyon via the main road) did not have a paid parking lot. However, there is parking along the roadside, and if you have a 4-wheel drive, you can drive down a single-lane road to the start of the hiking trail. The hiking trail takes you to a waterfall and provides picturesque views of the canyon.

Government regulation and anti-tourist restrictions have ruined Kauai. If you want to hang out at your hotel or pay for guided tours and excursions, then nothing has changed for you; however, if you enjoy an active lifestyle and the freedom to do what you want to do and when you want to do it, you won't like Kauai as much.

The bloom of Kauai's charm is gone. So if you are considering Kauai for a family vacation, be prepared to pay for EVERYTHING, and it is not cheap. Visiting the Caribbean or placed like Belize and Costa Rica may be a better option for those wanting to do more for less.

Consider boycotting Kauai and the rest of the Hawaiin Islands. Hawaii's primary business is tourism, and yet the legislation and taxes are not tourist-friendly. Great place to be if you are a Hawaiin resident. A visitor, not so much.
Written 20 July 2021
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RRKS1
Sacramento, CA18 contributions
good experience
Jul 2021
yeah, we were kind of surrounded by the canyon, a different experience than the grand canyon but a little overhyped.tried one hike, came back after a few minutes, all were for intermediate or advanced hikers
Written 18 July 2021
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Denise H
8 contributions
Beautiful Park
Jul 2021 • Couples
This is a beautiful state park. There is lots to see by driving the canyon road through the park, but even more by taking some of the many hikes in the park. Get there early, as the clouds move in at the higher elevations layer in the day.
Written 17 July 2021
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Randall P
Xenia, OH4 contributions
Views are amazing!
Jul 2021
Great 1/2 day trip - weather permitting. We drove the the Waimea State Park entrance to find that the lookout point had been closed, due to weather. Alot of pictures can be taken on the way to the park entrance, just pull off the road in the marker areas, otherwise "locals" get angry.
Written 17 July 2021
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