The eastern coast of Hawai’i, lonely as it is facing the Pacific, is dotted with valleys that have no outlet to the rest of the island. It’s as if a giant took his hand and lay it on the steep cliffs creating lush valley after valley after valley. Waipi’o is the first of these valleys, and the only continuously inhabited one. As we were planning our trip, all signs pointed to Stéphane and me to explore Waipi’o.

I’ll say, for the beauty part, it more than lived up to its expectations. The trek from the high cliff above the valley is really, really steep. There were moments where you felt like you would fall backwards or forwards, and only 4×4 cars are allowed down — most of which are locals.

Waipi’o valley is people by folks who want to avoid the rest of the hubbub on the island: war veterans, native Hawai’ians and others. Regardless, we had a peaceful day.