Over millions of years, rain from Mt. Waialeale has eroded the island to etch deep valleys into the landscape, forming Waimea
Canyon. Almost as low as Mt. Waialeale is high, the floor of the canyon is more than 3,000 feet deep in some places. The canyon
is 10 miles long and is at the center of Waimea Canyon State Park, which encompasses nearly 3,000 acres and features walking
trails, wooded areas, and scenic lookouts. The Waimea River, which helped to form the canyon eons ago, still flows through
Heading north from the canyon, visitors will find Kokee State Park, home to 45 miles of hiking trails and easily the most
gorgeous lookout on the island that's accessible by foot—the Kalalau lookout, which affords unfettered views of the Kalalau
valley and its miles of luxuriously green-carpeted spires leading down to the ocean. On the west side of the island are the
small towns of Waimea and Hanapepe, the latter featuring a number of art galleries, eateries, and shops.