After the 9 mile, vigorous hike along the Muliwai Trail from Waipio Valley, I woke up to this amazing sunrise from, in my opinion, one of the most remote, beautiful places in the world! It was well worth the hike.
Breathtaking sunrise from Waimanu Valley on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island
Waimanu is a smaller version of Waipio Valley just without all the houses, people, and tourists. It’s the number one backpacking destination on the Big Island. Waimanu is also rich in Hawaiian history. It was home to a large population of Hawaiians, who lived off the land by fishing, hunting, and farming. They thrived in the valley until a tsunami struck in 1949.
Beautiful Ironwood and Lauhala trees line the campsites
Visiting Waimanu Valley – Rugged, Remote, and Amazing!
Today, Waimanu valley is a protected estuary. ‘Waimanu‘ translates to ‘bird water.’ The valley has 9 campsites along the black sand beach. Permits for camping in Waimanu can be obtained.
Waimanu is the ultimate playground for all of us who refuse to grow up. Once in the valley the exploring is endless and so is the relaxing. Watch the many species of native birds or hike back to Wai’ilikahi waterfall, a spectacular sight to see.
Wai’ilikahi Falls in Waimanu Valley
If you find yourself on the Big Island, and are up for an adventure, I strongly recommend Waimanu valley. Not to worry, if Waimanu is too much adventure, the Hamakua coast has so much to offer in lush rainforest, waterfalls, scenic drives, and unique properties.
Unique Big Island Oceanfront Property
Not far South from the trail head you will find this rare oceanfront property. A custom 3bed/4bath home with over 4,400 sq.ft. of living area on 4 acres of land (MLS# 253955). Come live your Hawaii Life.
View of the back of Waimanu Valley and its many waterfalls