The last post was images as I began the climb to the top of the canyon road. There are a few stops along the way where you can park the car and get out and take photos. I wish I could have been there near sunset to see the changing colors, but unfortunately, I had to make my way back to the other side of the island and catch a plane about 5:30pm.. so.. daytime shots are all I was able to capture this trip.
I find it hard to decide which images I like the best, as there is so much to see in each shot. So I won’t decide, I’ll let you see several and you can pick your favorite!
As you drive up the Waimea Canyon Drive highway 550, you go through Waimea Canyon State Park and continue through Koke’e Park. The road changes names to the Kokee Road which takes you to the top. The roads are narrow with many sharp turns, so plan to go slow and enjoy the sights.
Here are a couple of the marked lookouts along the way:
The first good vantage point is Waimea Canyon Lookout, located between mile markers 10 and 11 on Waimea Canyon Road; one of the most expansive view into Waimea Canyon. Comfort stations provided. From here, it’s another 6 miles to Kokee.
Puukapele Lookout: Informal pullout with waterfall view (Waipo’o Falls). 75 m past the 12 mile marker on HWY 550. It’s right across the street from a cluster of picnic pavillions and a comfort station.
Puu Hinahina Lookout: With a view into the canyon as well as out to the Island of Niihau, is located less than a mile beyond the waterfall view between mile markers 13 and 14, at 3,336 feet. Well marked. Comfort stations provided.