Kauai's Waimea Canyon

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Waimea Canyon on the west side of Kauai was famously referred to as “the Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain. Though far smaller than Arizona’s Grand Canyon Waimea Canyon is a large, approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep. And like the Grand Canyon it is a dramatic sight of water-carved ridges, many a deep brown-to-purple red and changing color as the angle of sunlight shifts. It is a favorite for photographers and hikers alike.

The canyon was formed by the Waimea River which cut a deep valley in the softer rock, powered by periodically fierce water flow due to the 450+ inches of annual rainfall on Kauai’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale. Wai’ale’ale is one of the wettest places on earth.

Waimea is a Hawaiian word meaning "reddish water", a familiar sight at the river mouth where this canyon meets the sea where the canyon's red soil carried down by Waimea River colors the ocean near the shore.

Waimea Canyon State Park offers a variety of views and terrains in its 1,866 acres and is a popular tourist attraction. There is an extensive wilderness area with numerous hiking trails, some a gentle walk and others more rugged but offering spectacular views.

How to get there: From Waimea take SR550 up the mountain for about 18 miles. There are some nice viewpoints with pull outs on the way up.  Near the top you will enter Koke'e State Park. Check out the visitor’s center for maps and advice if you plan to do any hiking.

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Richie Alan Naggar
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I was reading about Hawaii the other day...So much to see and appreciate

Jan 09, 2016 12:17 AM #1
Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Kathleen. This is a lovely post and your pictures are terrific. I was there once too.

Jan 09, 2016 12:26 AM #2
Lottie Kendall
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Nice Localism post, Nicole. Hiking down into Waimea Canyon is amazing; hiking back up a bit more challenging, but exhilarating. The mountain goats make it look so simple! Happy New Year.

Jan 09, 2016 01:19 AM #3
Grant Schneider
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Kathleen - that is certainly and beautiful plan to visit and know why it is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Jan 09, 2016 05:41 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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I remember this from our long ago visit to Kauai.  This is indeed a very special Grand Canyon.  Wishing you a great rest of the weekend.  A

Jan 09, 2016 06:13 AM #5
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