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Not to be confused with Waimea River (Kauai).
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Waimea River
Waimea Falls (5216452573).jpg
Waimea Falls on the Kamananui stream a tributary of the Waimea
Country United States
State Hawaii
County Honolulu County
Physical characteristics
Main source Waimea Valley
River mouth Waimea Bay
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Basin features
Basin size 13.6 sq mi (35 km2)

The Waimea River is a river in Honolulu County on the island of Oʻahu in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The river's main channel is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long (complete length is 64.4 miles including all tributaries), and has a watershed spanning 13.6 square miles. It is formed by the confluence of the Kamananui stream and the Kaiwikoʻele stream northeast of Haleiwa and flows northwest through the Waimea Valley to the Pacific Ocean at Waimea Bay. The name Waimea translates to "red water."

The mouth of the river has become famous for its waves that are created when residents dredge the beach, creating a channel that allows the watercourse to drain when it is cut off by the beach.

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