“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
There is a hidden lookout that is located on the North Shore 300 feet above the sea on a high bluff at the Puu O Mahuka Heiau. As you park your car you will see the rock structures of the Puu O Mahuka Heiau that once involved many rituals within the Hawaiian culture. These included human and animal sacrifices, it also played a vital role in the religious, social and political system of Waimea Valley. After paying your respects and being careful to not walk on any of the stones take a short walk down the dirt path located to the right of the heiau. Stay to the right as you are walking down the path. You will eventually wind up at a small clearing where there is a cement slab and stunning views. You will be able to look over Waimea Bay and watch the enormous waves crash in the winter or see the rock that people leap off of at Waimea in the summer. You can also find some solitude while visiting up there, after all, you are perched on a bluff away from the hustle and bustle just observing the astonishing views like a bird. Depending on the time you arrive you can catch a gorgeous sunset with the mountain in the background and the bay in front. If you want to see a few different perspectives while up there there’s a couple of lookouts so check them out. Before we decided to go we went to the Foodland at the bottom of the hill. We grabbed some food and drinks and brought it with us and made a small picnic while we were up there. It was such a beautiful place to witness the amazing scenery and enjoy the peace and quietness it offered. A must do!
If you decide to take this trip take Pupukea Rd. There will be a sign on the right that says Puu O Mahuka Heiau, turn into that entrance. That road (it’s slightly long with a lot of speed bumps) will lead you right to the Heiau. Go have a wonderful time!