Big Island – Waimanu Valley

Recently, we headed to the Big Island of Hawaii in order to enjoy some rest and relaxation.  At the same time, I wanted to take one or two major hikes to see some beautiful scenery.  We have a tentative four year plan to visit all of the Hawaiian Islands at a rate of one per year.  Last year, we did Kauai and this year we are doing the Big Island.  To start off my hiking on the Big Island, I did a major hike on the Muliwai Trail from Waipio Valley to Waimanu Valley.  It was an extremely challenging day hike which took 13 hours 10 minutes, covered about 19 miles, and gained over 5,000 feet of cumulative elevation.  I’m going to save most of the details of this extraordinary hike for the report to come, but here are a few teaser images (out of the 365 photos taken).

Overview of Waipio Valley from the Z-Trail portion of the Muliwai Trail
Overview of Waipio Valley’s waterfalls, lake, beach, and lush greenery from the Z-Trail portion of the Muliwai Trail
In front of the Queen's Bath, a place where I would swim on the hike back
In front of the Queen’s Bath, a place where I would swim on the hike back
I had the beautiful Waimanu black sand beach all to myself for a full hour
I had the beautiful Waimanu black sand beach all to myself for a full hour
The gorgeous hard-to-reach Waimanu Valley
The gorgeous hard-to-reach Waimanu Valley is a true island paradise