Honeymoon Part 2: Waimea and the Waipio Valley

After leaving Kona, we went to Waimea. While there we spent a day hiking in the Waipio valley. Apparently there used to be around 4,000 people living in this valley, but these days there's only about 50.

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The road to waimea. As the car climbed, the air got steadily cooler and the landscape became less arid.
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Waimea is the location of one of the biggest ranches in the world. As you can see, it's a beautiful area for a ranch. If it weren't so foggy, you would be able to see Mauna Kea here.
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Another picture of Waimea.
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The view of the Waipio valley. This is on the coast North of Waimea. Still pretty cloudy as you can see.
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The floor of the Waipio valley is pretty swampy.
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The only road to Waipio is very steep, narrow, and windy, so Sue and I decided to hike in.
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It looks like they're growing something in this swamp. Taro root maybe? I don't know.
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A little ways into the valley were twin waterfalls. We wanted to get closer, but couldn't find a trail.
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The bottom of the valley.
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There was a black sand beach at the mouth of the valley.
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To get to the hiking trail that we wanted, you had to cross a shallow but fast river. I crossed, but Sue didn't cross right away, so I did a hike, then came back and we went out again.
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The same two falls, this time from across the valley.
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And again.
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Here I'm climbing the far wall of the valley, looking inland.
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Once you got to the top of the valley wall, there was a rain forest.
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Along the trail there were lots of smaller waterfalls, like this one that went down into a pool.
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The top of the waterfall from the previous picture.
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In parts of the trail, the woods was made out of these strange trees that look like giant horsetail plants.
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There were a few giant trees. Here I'm sitting at the base of the tree; you can get an idea for just how huge it was.
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Here's another of the huge trees, this time with Sue in front of it.
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There was a bigger pool farther along the trail. Sue is sitting above it here.
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The stream leading into the pool.
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Me standing in front of the pool. It was big enough to sit in if you wanted to cool off, but there were too many mosquitos so we didn't want to stay that long.
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More of the pool.
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There were some pretty big crayfish in the water. If you look carefully, you can see one in the upper left corner of this picture. He was almost as big as my hand.
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More of the forest on top of the valley.
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This is the valley wall that we had to climb to get up to the forest. It was a very steep, difficult climb.
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When we got back from the Waipio valley, we saw our only rainbow from the honeymoon. It was over our hotel.
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