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    Akaka Falls

    by lilchinadoll1 Updated Jun 12, 2007

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    There are two falls at this State Park. Akaka Falls drops 420 feet. It is spectacular. The circular path is well paved and fairly easy to walk. Takes you thru the rainforest to see beautiful banyan trees and lush canyons.

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    How about a caneing!

    by heitzenrater Written Oct 18, 2005

    So while at the Akaka Falls, take some time to look, and play in the bamboo

    Akaka Falls tumbles 420 feet into a stream-eroded gorge, is considered a "must see" on the Big Island.

    A pleasant, moderately challenging (For out of shape people) half-mile loop takes visitors through a lush rain forest of philodendron vines, wild orchids, bamboo groves (this is what i'm telling you to see!) and hanging heliconia. The 100-foot Kahuna Falls come into view first, and they are impressive. But Akaka Falls, laden with ferns, are breathtaking.

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    Cane me!!!! oh yea, check out the falls also.

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    Akaka Falls

    by Suet Written Feb 9, 2005

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    These falls are reasonably easily reached by the fit person... it's quite a hike up and down, but plenty of stops along the way to admire the flowers and foliage...

    What I particularly love about this area is that all the plants I have to grow in a heated conservatory grow outside with the added advantage of seeing them fruit and flower. The magnificence of a cheeseplant *monstera deliciosa* in its natural habitat brings tears of joy to my green fingers, or something like that....

    Akaka Falls, Big Island
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    Akaka falls

    by heitzenrater Updated Jan 5, 2005

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    Glorious Akaka Falls, where water tumbles 420 feet into a stream-eroded gorge, is considered a "must see" on the Big Island.

    A pleasant, moderately challenging half-mile loop takes visitors through a lush rain forest of philodendron vines, wild orchids, bamboo groves and hanging heliconia. The 100-foot Kahuna Falls come into view first, and they are impressive. But Akaka Falls, laden with ferns, are breathtaking.

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    leaky foset You need a barrel How about a caneing

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    Akaka Falls State Park

    by JetlagCity Updated Jul 14, 2004

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    On the east side of the island around the Hilo area, the climate is sooooooo much wetter than on the west side! North of Hilo there's a lovely little paved walk you can do to Akaka Falls. It's about 1/2-mile or so circular nature trail through beautiful and strange tropical vegetation - orchids, bamboo groves, ferns, and other plants I'm not familiar with. A delightful interlude. The falls plummet over 400 feet down.

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    Akaka and Kahuna Falls

    by jag17 Written Jun 28, 2004

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    A self-guided short loop through rain forest, wild orchids, bamboo and hanging heliconia, will bring you to two beautiful waterfalls. The larger of the two (Akaka) has a 422' drop. Definitely worth a stop.

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    Akaka Falls

    by Royal63 Written Apr 1, 2004

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    Akaka Falls, where water tumbles 420 feet into a stream-eroded gorge, is a "must see" on the Big Island.

    A pleasant, moderately challenging half-mile loop takes visitors through a lush rain forest of philodendron vines, wild orchids, bamboo groves and hanging heliconia. The 100-foot Kahuna Falls come into view first, and they are impressive. But Akaka Falls, laden with ferns, are breathtaking.

    Legends says that a Hawaiian Akua (God) named Akaka lived besides the
    waterfall. Akaka's cousin, Kiha, offended Akaka and was condemned to jump
    over the falls. His body was transformed into a red-brown pohaku (stone)
    that lies in the pool today.

    Akaka was married and had a ilio (dog). He also was a kolohe (rascal), who
    had two wahines (girlfriends) . One was named Lehua, on the north side, and
    the other named Maile, on the south side.

    One day while he was with Lehua, Akaka's kanewahine (wife) unexpectedly
    returned home and called for him. Feeling guilty, he raced backed eith his
    faithful dog. Near the edge of the cliff, Akaka slipped and fell into
    Kiha's grave. His dog remained at the cliff and turned into stone. Running
    to save Akaka, his wife also turned into stone at the edge of the falls.

    Upon hearing Akaka's fate, Maile and Lehua wept and turned into waterfalls,
    located further down.

    Folklore says that rain will fall if you touch the large rock at the top of
    the falls with a lehua branch or a maile lei around it. This is because
    Lehua and Maile always made poor Akaka's wife weep.

    Akaka Falls
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    The waterfalls of the Big Island

    by 2rs Written Feb 22, 2004

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    There are several waterfalls on the Big Island, most of them are located on the east coast from Hilo and northwards. If you plan to do a waterfalls tour I recomed to start of early to see them all before sunset.

    Have a look at my Waterfalls of the Big Island travelogue for more.

    Sunset at Umauma falls, after a verry rainy night
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    Waipi'o Valley

    by 2rs Updated Feb 11, 2004

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    Experience the magic of Waipi'o Valley. and a beatifull lush valley with waterfalls This is an important place in ancient Hawaiian culture, full of mana, supernatural powers, apparently the gateway to the underworld is down there somewhere.

    You can view the entrance of the valley from a lookout point at the end of highway 240, but it's quite tempting to go down, and you will be rewarded for the effort.

    Hi'ilawe Falls, in Waipi'o Valley
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    Akaka Waterfall

    by kenmerk Updated May 5, 2003

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    The signature Hawaiian waterfall is Akaka Waterfall on the big island, which has a 420 foot vertical drop... Located in Akaka State park... There is a short loop trail through a nice wooded area that leads out the waterfalls...

    Located at the end of Akaka Falls Road, Highway 220.

    Akaka Waterfall, Hawaii
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    Waterfalls

    by TropicGirl77 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Be sure to make time to check out some of the beautiful waterfalls this beautiful state has to offer. You can pick up brochures at the airport or hotel that will tell you where most of the waterfalls are, or you can be sure to keep your eyes open as you drive around the island and surely you'll spot a few along the mountain sides.

    Waterfalls by Waipio Valley
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    Umauma Falls

    by Ahidyn Written May 17, 2009

    The captivating triple-tiered Uma Uma Falls is only accessible through the World Botanical ,
    admission $11, but you can enjoy this view from the road. There is a small parking lot.

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    Kahuna Waterfall

    by kenmerk Written May 5, 2003

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    Also located in the Akaka Falls State Park is the impressive Kahuna Waterfall, with a 100 foot vertical drop. (not quite so impressive as the Akaka Falls, though....)

    Kahuna Falls, Hawaii
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