Called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific", it is 3,600 feet deep, two miles wide and ten miles long. The colors of the earth and vegetation change with light conditions during the day.
The Waimea Canyon was created by a fault in the earth's crust that eroded over the eons.
Mark Twain gave it the nickname after seeing the red, green, blue and purple colors of the chasm. A series of overlooks provide different perspective of the wonder, including hiking access between Mile Markers 8 and 9.