Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", this state park is a magnificent place to see a different perspective of Hawaii's diverse terrain.
General: Photo Opportunity
Waimea Canyon is unlike anywhere else in Hawaii. It's a place that was born from the lava that rose from an enormous volcano, but collapsed about 4 million years ago which created a large depression in the middle of the island. And over time the rain and sun continued to erode the thinner layers of lava to create the canyon as it exists today.
Waimea Canyon is part of Hawaii' State Park system with over 1,866 acres encompassing the region. There are several hiking trails that can be accessed along the 18 miles of road which lead of to Koke'e State Park. Many people drive up to the Waimea Canyon Lookout, but the Koke'e State Park has trails that overlook the Kalalau Valley. It's a spectacular view, and not to be missed. There are trails here as well that can be hiked overlooking the ocean on the Napali Coast side of Kauai.
Waimea Canyon has been the backdrop to films such as Donovan's Reef and Throw Mama from the Train.
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