Waipio with Adventure Photographer

Waimea, United States

Experience hosted by Johnny

3 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 6 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

What better way to discover Waipio if not from a local's lens? From the lookout point we'll descend into one of the most sacred of all valleys amongst the Hawaiian islands retracing historic trails and ruins from ancient ancestors. There are reminisces of nostalgia, a stone water well, traditional birthing rock, and plenty of wild horses to spur your excitement. This is a medium intensive experience especially since we will be navigating across a light stream with some walking across a black sand beach. Along the way we will work with the morning light to simply capture the most natural photographs of you amongst the rugged tropical scenery. A few things we might be capturing: black sand beach, forest walk, and castaway look to name a few. There is also the potential of me introducing you to some locals who currently live within the valley. This should give you excellent insight about what life is like in this place. At the right moment we will take a rest on the beach and enjoy opening coconuts or another local fruit delicacy. I would recommend wearing a versatile outfit that would you give you comfort, style, yet flexibility. As before mentioned this is a medium active experience in the outdoors. Medium physical activity is required to participate.
What better way to discover Waipio if not from a local's lens? From the lookout point we'll descend into one of the most sacred of all valleys amongst the Hawaiian islands retracing historic trails and ruins from ancient ancestors. There are reminisces of nostalgia, a stone water well, traditional birthing rock, and plenty of wild horses to spur your excitement. This is a medium intensive experience especially since we will be navigating across a…

What's included

  • Food
    Local fruit
  • Equipment
    15 high-resolution digital downloads

Meet your host, Johnny

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 12 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Im absolutely an adventure enthusiast and an avid learner of life. In 2006 I traded in my city life for a life discovering and pursuing passion in Hawaii. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures and when i'm not out exploring I love introducing the island to those who seek an alternative perspective. What I love about photography is the ability to observe thing more introspectively and sharing those concepts with individuals from all over the world. Additionally I'm currently shooting a short film concept that will hopefully inspire others to get out and live more.
Im absolutely an adventure enthusiast and an avid learner of life. In 2006 I traded in my city life for a life discovering and pursuing passion in Hawaii. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cultures and when i'm not out exploring I love introducing the island to those who seek an alternative perspective. What I love about photography is the ability to observe thing more introspectively and sharing those concepts with individuals from all over the world. Additionally I'm currently shooting a…
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Where you'll be

This experience is led through Waipio Valley (Valley of the Kings) between the salt water, fresh water lily paddy lake, blacksand beach, and palm trees.

Rated 4.67 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Yuguang
September 2021
I am so happy that I spent my birthday with Johnny in the beautiful and magical Waipi’o Valley. He is a super cool dude and I had a lot of fun chatting with him. I recommend anyone who comes to Big Island to visit Waipi’o Valley with Johnny.
Tony
July 2021
Johnny made our Waipio experience an adventure we will never forget. Johnny’s insight of history, local talk, and sharing of personal stories made the experience one of a kind! The fruit was delicious, his photography locations were amazing, and the trek through the river was so much fun! Johnny is a person you will never forget and will definitely recommend his experience to family and friends.
Jose
July 2021
The trek to Waipio Valley Trail was not easy but the support that Johnny provided made it doable and wholesome. The pics he took were awesome. Johnny is multi talented and well travelled. His travel stories along the way makes you forget how hard trekking the trail is. This tour is highly recommended!!!
Sandra
June 2021
Overall, we really enjoyed our hike with Johnny and the magical scenery. He's very friendly and enjoys meeting new people. When we arrived, we spent the first 30 minutes or so walking down a super steep road that leads down into the valley. It is the steepest road in the United States. Then we walked on flat ground for a while and saw wild horses, along a path that led to the black sand beach. The beach is stunning and we saw lots of surfers. Next we went up a steep hike on the other side of the valley and took photos at the overlook there which was equally stunning. Then we came back down and retraced our steps. The last part of the journey was about a 45 minute hike back UP the steep road. Let me say this - if you are not in excellent shape, you will not enjoy this part of the hike. It was tough even for those in our group in the best physical shape. Google says that the hike to the beach and back alone is 6.5 miles, so this hike is longer in total. Overall a great experience and we enjoyed the photos, but be aware it is a major workout.
Stefanie
May 2021
This hike was a joy not just because of the views (which were glorious), but also because of Johnny himself. He is friendly (and funny!) and has the craziest stories to tell. I came in wanting to hike farther, and he personalized my experience to meet that request in the 3 hours we had together. It was an incredible adventure - I can't recommend him enough!
Alyson
April 2021
Hiking with Johnny was like hiking with a friend. He’s really personable and great to talk with. The hike exceeded my expectations and pushed me just enough to be really proud of myself by the end. Johnny was so patient with me at the end when I struggled to get back up the steep part of the hike, and kept my spirits high 🙂 It was truly a great time that I won’t forget and can’t wait to get the photos back ! I highly recommend this experience!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 4 and up can attend.