At ten miles long, one mile wide, and more than 3,500 feet deep, this landmark on Hawaii's island of Kauai is the largest canyon in the Pacific. Dubbed "The Grand Canyon of thePacific" by Mark Twain, Waimea Canyon's sharply eroded cliffs reveal layers of vivid colors that seem to change in the sun. Unlike the Grand Canyon, plentiful rainfall keeps this canyon and its surrounding area thick with vegetation, and visitors are frequently treated to the sight of vivid rainbows.
Hiking is one way to see this breathtaking natural wonder, and numerous lookouts are provided along the trails. In Waimea Canyon State Park, try the Kukui/Iliau Loop Trail, an easy 15-minute quarter-mile nature walk with markers that identify the forest plants. It offers a great canyon view and a covered picnic area. A more rigorous hike that older children may enjoy is the Canyon Trail to Waipo'o Falls.
Another popular way to see Waimea is from the air. Helicopter excursions give passengers an excellent perspective as they circle the canyon and soar along the Na Pali Coast, where high mountain cliffs rise from the ocean floor.
Get out and enjoy Hawaii's pleasant weather and natural beauty when you visit Waimea Canyon for a hike.
Waimea Canyon Information
Address: North of Kekaha on Highway 550, Kauai, HI
Hours of Operation: dawn to dusk daily
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