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Day 7: Waipio Valley on Horseback and Akaka Falls by Foot

Waipio Valley

Overlook of Waipio Valley on the Big Island

Overlook of Waipio Valley on the Big Island of Hawaii

It is the last day and we are ready for one last adventure. Waipio Valley is a lush rain forest and has a black sand beach which lines the 1 mile coast. The cliffs tower above at 2,000 feet providing an amazing view of a scarcely touched paradise. The road to access Waipio Valley has a 25% grade and is only accessible by a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We have taken a horseback tour, but there are many other kinds of tours, helicopter, wagon, and ATV. Just walking down the stairs and taking a few minutes to look over Waipio Valley is worth drive. We always love to take in the scenery and beauty of the valley.

Akaka Falls

View of Akaka Falls

View of Akaka Falls

We also enjoy the easy beautiful walk that Akaka Falls State Park provides. This paved walkway takes us through a rainforest to a lookout of Kahuna Falls and the 442 foot Akaka Falls. Not only do we enjoy the waterfalls, but it takes us up close and personal with all sorts of Hawaiian trees and flowers. This also might be a great stop on the way to the Volcanoes National Park.

We LOVE Mamane bakery. We even had our favorite Mamane treats shipped to us during Christmas. They serve all sorts of delicious pastries, sandwiches, etc. Our favorite pastries are the Pineapple Upside Down Cakes, Banana Bread, and Chocolate Twists. The outside of the bakery is not nearly as impressive as the food – it is worth the stop.

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