Stock Photo - Waipi´o Valley panoramic views. Big Island. Hawaii. WaipiÊ»o Valley is a valley located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of HawaiÊ»i. ""WaipiÊ»o"" means ""curved water"" in the Hawaiian language. It was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian aliÊ»i (kings) up until the time of King Ê»Umi. A place celebrated for its nioi tree (Eugenia reinwardtiana) known as the ""Nioi wela o PaÊ»akalana"" (The burning Nioi of PaÊ»akalana). It was the location of the ancient grass palace of the ancient kings of Hawaii with the nioi stands. Kahekili II raided WaipiÊ»o in the 18th century and burned the four sacred trees to the ground. The valley floor at sea level is almost 2,000 ft (610 m) below the surrounding terrain. A steep road leads down into the valley from a lookout point located on the top of the southern wall of the valley. The road gains 800 vertical feet (243.84 m) in 0.6 miles (0.9 km) at a 25% average grade, with steeper grades in sections. This is a paved public road but it is open only to 4 wheel drive vehicles. It is the steepest road of its length in the United States and possibly the world. The shore line in the valley is a black sand beach, popular with surfers. A few taro farms are located in the valley. Several large waterfalls fall into the valley to feed the river which flows from the foot of the largest falls at the back of the valley out to the ocean.

Stock Photo: Waipi'o Valley panoramic views. Big Island. Hawaii. Waipiʻo Valley is a valley located in the Hamakua District of the Big Island of Hawaiʻi.

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