Waipi'o Valley Information

I was a resident of Waipio Rd., Kukuihaele for nearly 7 years. I lived less than 200 yards from the Waipi'o Lookout and thus, the road into Waipi'o Valley. A number of Waipi'o Valley residents, taro farmers, surfers and residents of Kukuihaele village banded together to try to maintain the natural beauty and sacred nature of the Valley. The Valley has suffered from the large influx of daytime visitors who have left trash and human waste behind and who have not respected private property or the sacred burial areas, especially near the beach. Kamehameha Schools stopped allowing camping on their land near the beach permits are no longer issued. They have also arranged for luas (port-a-potties) to be set up near the beach to encourage visitors to not despoil other areas. At this point it's important to use these facilities and to take out all trash. There are efforts to restrict parking near the beach to areas that don't have burial sites. About 3 years ago the County helped a group of us receive a grant and 2 Education and Information Officers were hired to provide information at the top of the road into Waipi'o Valley.

We encourage people not to drive their own 4WD vehicles into the Valley, but, instead, to walk down or better yet, take organized tours. This narrow, extremely steep road cannot handle a large volume of traffic and many people don't respect the rules, which include: no caravanning, and cars coming up have the right of way, so use the pullouts. In addition, ONLY true 4WD vehicles with extra low gears should ever use the road. Consider the plight of a taro farmer trying to come up the road with a full load of heavy taro in the bed of his truck and he/she has to back down because a driver coming down doesn't give the truck the right of way.

Eventually, we hope that driving access to the Valley will be limited and that all people driving in and those wanting to park will be monitored and provided with information about the Valley. At this point, please kokua our special and sacred space. You should know that except for the short County road and the immediate beach area, ALL other property is privately owned in spite of what the guide books may say.

Mahalo, Phyllis T (4/17/10)