Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon is the largest canyon in the Pacific and truly a dramatic sight to behold. The canyon measures 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale’s summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Even though smaller than the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Waimea Canyon rivals the beauty.

Useful Information:

  • Waimea Canyon Road travels the canyon and provides excellent lookouts of the gorge
  • No gas stations are located along this road – be sure to fill up before starting the trip
  • Excellent photo opportunies at every turn
  • Best viewing of the Kalalau Valley is in the early morning
  • Numerous trails lead through and above the canyon – check at the Ranger Station for maps
  • Certain trails require a state permit before hiking
  • Camping available at Koke’e Campground