Today we are hopping to another Hawaiian island! We are in Kauai, which is my favorite Hawaii island. I love the tropical and local atmosphere of this island. We started our day with a tour of the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and then headed over to a trail ride.
Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, is a large canyon, approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, located on the western side of Kauaʻi in the Hawaiian Islands of the United States. Waimea is Hawaiian for “reddish water”, a reference to the erosion of the canyon’s red soil. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale, among the wettest places on earth. Although not as big or as old as its Arizona cousin, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder in Hawaii.
The Grand Canyon of the Pacific has a unique geologic history—it was formed not only by the steady process of erosion, but also by a catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauaʻi.
The main road, Waimea Canyon Drive, leads you to a lower lookout point and the main Waimea Canyon Overlook, offering views of Kauai’s dramatic interior. The road continues into the mountains and ends at Kokee State Park. There are numerous trails to traverse at the Grand Canyon of the Pacific for beginners and seasoned hikers.
Waimea Canyon State Park encompasses 1,866 acres and is a popular tourist attraction on the island.