Waimea Canyon in west Kauai, dubbed "the Grand Canyon of 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 in beauty.
Numerous lookouts and hikes offer terrific views of every aspect of this natural wonder. The best viewing of the canyon is in the morning's "magic hour".
The canyon is protected by the Koke'e State Park which encompasses 4,345 acres of land and has 45 miles of trails that run through it and the nearby Alakai Swamp.
The Ranger's Station is located at the Koke'e Museum and has hiking maps of the area. Excellent photo opportunities are at every turn.
Waimea Canyon Road travels the canyon and provides excellent lookouts of the gorge.
The main park area provides restrooms. No gas stations are located along this road so be sure to fill up before starting the trip. Best place is in the town of Waimea.
Certain trails require a state permit before hiking. Camping available at Koke'e Campground -Hale Koa Cabins also available. 808-335-5290 for information and reservations. For weather information, call 808-245-6001.