We took our new used car on Waimea Canyon road, a real test. A perfect day, clear skies and 85 degrees, but as we climbed the mountains a very refreshing five degree drop in temperature for every thousand feet of elevation. At the end of the road our elevation was 4176 feet! We surveyed the southern portion of the Na Pali Coast from the vantage point of the white-tailed tropicbirds that soared on the thermals and nested in the cliffs. The view was spectacular!
We cautiously made our way back down the serpentine roadway with frequent stops along the way for canyon views and to cool our smoking brakes. A true test of the quality of our Acura, she held up well. Waimea Canyon is a dramatic site; I gasped at the sight of the plunging depths around every bend of the road. This canyon is the largest in the Pacific, 10 miles long, 1 mile wide and more than 3,500 feet deep. No wonder it is called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
Carved over thousands of years by rivers and floods flowing from Mount Waialeale’s summit. Mount Waialeale is the rainiest place on earth, so imagine that tremendous amount of water doing the carving. The many layers and lines in the canyon walls evidence the centuries of volcanic eruptions and lava flows. These volcanoes are long dormant, but they left a powerful mark on this Hawaiian landscape.