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Uploaded on Jun 24, 2010
...Amazing black sand beach of Waipi'o valley. Entrance to the valley is a paved public road but it is open only to 4 wheel drive vehicles. If classified as a road, it would be the steepest road of its length in the United States and possibly the world. The road gains 800 vertical feet in 0.6 miles at a 25% average grade, with steeper grades in sections. It was the capital and permanent residence of many early Hawaiian aliʻi (kings) up until the time of King ʻUmi. A place celebrated for its nioi tree (Eugenia reinwardtiana) known as the "Nioi wela o Paʻakalana" (The burning Nioi of Paʻakalana). It was the location of the ancient grass palace of the ancient kings of Hawaii with the nioi stands. Kahekili II raided Waipiʻo in the 1700s and burned the four sacred trees to the ground.