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About

Geological Formation

  • 🌋 Formation Process: Waimea Canyon was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods flowing from Mount Waialeale's summit. The red hue of the water gives the canyon its name 'Waimea,' meaning 'red waters.'
  • 🌊 Erosion and Weathering: The canyon walls are shaped by weathering, mass wasting, and erosion processes, similar to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The runoff from the canyon can be seen making its way into the ocean from space.
  • 🌄 Dimensions: The canyon is 10 miles long, 1 mile wide, and over 3,500 feet deep, making it the largest canyon in the Pacific.
  • 🌿 Surrounding Flora: Kokee State Park, surrounding Waimea Canyon, boasts Norfolk pines, Koa hardwoods, native plants, and diverse wildlife, adding to the natural beauty of the area.

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Hiking Trails

  • 🥾 Cliff Canyon and Black Pipe Trail: A family-friendly trail offering canyon views and a dip in Waipo’o Falls pool, totaling less than four miles.
  • 🌲 Kūkui Trail: Descends steep cliffs to the river below, suitable for experienced hikers due to a challenging climb back up.
  • 🌺 Awaʻawapuhi Trail: Showcases the rugged terrain surrounding the canyon with views of the Nāpali Coast, a moderate-intensity hike.
  • 🌿 Pihea Trail: Leads to the Alakai Swamp, home to native birds, and ends at Pihea Overlook with views of Kalalau Valley.

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Cultural Significance

  • 🌺 Hawaiian Heritage: Waimea Canyon holds cultural significance in Hawaiian history, once home to ancient Hawaiian settlements.
  • 🗿 Interpretive Displays: The park features interpretive displays offering insights into the cultural heritage of the area, connecting visitors with the land's history.
  • 🌄 Stories and Legends: The canyon and its surroundings are rich with stories passed down through generations, reflecting the deep connection between the land and its people.

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Practical Information

  • 🚗 Access: Visitors can reach the park via Waimea Canyon Road (Highway 550) or Kōkeʻe Road (Highway 552), both offering scenic drives and access to multiple lookout points.
  • 💰 Fees: Entrance fees for non-residents are $5 per person, with additional parking fees of $10 per vehicle. Children aged 3 and under enter for free.
  • 🍴 Food & Drink: Snack vendors are available at the main Waimea Canyon Lookout, while Kōkeʻe Lodge offers a full-service restaurant and bar.
  • 🚽 Facilities: Public restrooms are available at main lookouts, managed by the State Parks for visitor convenience.
  • 🌞 Best Times to Visit: Winter months offer greener canyon walls and stronger waterfalls, while summer provides drier trails and less mud for hiking.

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Travel Information
📞   Phone: (808) 274-3444
🌐   Website: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/kauai/waimea-canyon-state-park/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: Waimea, HI 96796

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