Hwy. 56, MM 23.3. Turn right on Kolo Road for 0.2 miles, then left on Kilauea Road and drive 1.6 miles to the end of the road. Check out the cliffs, birds, and the prettiest turquoise-colored bay in the world, high noon is the best time to view the bay. Now drive down to the 52-foot Kilauea Lighthouse built in 1913, and watch for the frigatebirds with their 8-foot wingspan, Laysan albatross, blue and red-footed boobies, red-tailed tropicbirds, and state bird the Nene (Hawaiian goose). In winter waters, the humpback whales are plentiful, all year-round there are spinner dolphins, honu, and helpful volunteers ready to be enjoyed. Call (808) 828-1413.
Hwy. 550, MM 14.1- Halemanu Road. Drive or hike 0.6 miles, then turn right at the ﬁrst fork and go 0.1 miles to parking at the trailhead. A favorite canyon trail, it has jungle, water, and huge canyon views. A single-track, switchback trail that hikes through a valley of Koa Trees to a red dirt bald spot for your ﬁrst canyon view. At the far side of the baldy vista, look south to the adjacent rim, across Koke‘e Stream, for great views of the lava arches. Hike down into the valley and you’re at Waipo‘o Falls, follow the path mauka through the white ginger ﬁelds (in bloom mid- to late summer) a couple hundred feet to baby Waipo‘o Falls, a 25-footer with a swimming hole, enjoy the cool down and look for ancient petroglyphs carved into the lava rock, they’re around!
At the end of the 11 mile hike, you’ve hiked right into heaven, Kalalau Valley with her tall spires, deep valley, and long sand beach. The beach is close to a mile long and three-quarters of a mile wide. Bring your slippers, the summer sand gets hot.
At the south end of the beach you’ll find Aloha Falls, another water source besides the Kalalau Stream you cross before you reach the sand beach. About a mile up the Kalalau Valley Trail is Keanapuka Falls, a lava tube waterfall. Peace, happiness, and love with show itself here like no other place on Earth, Kalalau Beach.