Waipio Valley, known as 'The Valley of the Kings,' was once home to the ancient Hawaiian kings (ali'i) and the capital city of Hawaii. It's lush, verdant valley and dramatic 2,000-3,000 ft cliffs, coupled with its black sand beach and towering waterfalls make Waipio Valley one of the most beautiful places in all of Hawaii - if not on Earth itself.
A place steeped in history, culture, and myth, those who visit report feeling a certain 'mana' or powerful energy in the Valley. Regardless of of how mystically inclined one might be, no one doubts there is something truly special about this place.
One of the very best ways to visit Waipio Valley is on horseback. Two different companies provide half day rides into the valley and up its irrigation channels which serve as 'roads.' Having been on both tours, I can assure you that both companies are fantastic, the price tag is lower than expected (typically less than $100 for 2.5 hours), and the guides and experience are both unbeatable.
For reservations, contact:
Na'alapa Stables or Waipi'o on Horseback