For those who don’t have time to hike, there is still much to see and enjoy along the roadsides in Kōkeʻe State Park. See Shop for Road Guide to Kōkeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks.
Recommended time allowance: 45 minutes to one hour, 3 stops (Puu Hinahina Lookout, Koke’e Natural History Museum, Kalalau Lookout).
LOOKOUTS ON THE WAY
There are several established lookouts along the road, as well as several informal but paved pull-outs where you can get an unfolding view of Waimea Canyon.
WARNING: Please keep within guard rails and fences; do not attempt to stand at steep edges for that photo!
Waimea Canyon Lookout: A little past the 10 mile marker on HWY 550, offers the most expansive view into Waimea Canyon. Comfort stations provided.
Puʻukapele Lookout (not signed): 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.
Puʻu Hinahina Lookout: With a view into the canyon as well as out to the Island of Niʻihau, is located less than a mile beyond the waterfall view. Well marked. Comfort stations provided.