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Mauna Kea Summit Small Group Stargazing Tour from Hilo
"The drive to the summit of Mauna Kea is one you’ll never forget. Mauna Kea is the world’s tallest mountain rising more than 32000 feet (9754 meters) from the ocean floor to its summit which is considered by many Hawaiians to be the most sacred place in all the islands. The road climbs 13796 feet (4205 meters) above sea level. You’ll stand in awe at both nature’s sublime creation and man’s astonishing technological achievements.After your pickup in Hilo (anywhere within city limits)
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Hilo Shore Excursion: Exclusive Volcanoes National Park and Rainbow Falls
"The  Volcanoes National Park Tour highlights some of the Big Islands most precious gems such as our Rainforest Waterfalls Orchid Flowers Volcanically made Black Sand Beaches Craters Lava Tubes and much more!This tour starts with a convenient pick up directly from the Hilo pier. As you settle into our comfortable small group vehicles we first pass through the historic town of Hilo and stop by a breathtaking 80 ft waterfall Rainbow Falls. We then make our way to the summit of Kilauea volcano in which sits The Volcanoes National Park. Once inside the Volcanoes National Park we walk through the cave like Thurston Lava Tube
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Kona Shore Excursion: Kona Coffee Chocolate and City of Refuge Small Group
"Kona Coffee Farm - See Production & Sample Coffee City of Refuge - Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park Beautiful White Sand Beach Kona Chocolate Factory- See Production & Sample Chocolates Kea Shop on Alii Dr. or return back to ship. There are plenty of tasty treats to discover in and around sunny Kailua-Kona. As we make our way through this rugged landscape of old lava fields we enter into Kealakekua which hosts one of the most or as it is nick named because Father John painted the interior of the church with 3D depictions from the 1800’s.Next to visit is Puuhonua O Honaunau also known as the city of refuge and is the most famous and best preserved of Hawaii’s ancient p you’ll encounter canoe builders constructing an outrigger canoe the way it was built in ancient times. There are demonstrations of traditional Hawaiian games including spear throwing competitions. Examine a massive L-shaped wall built around 1550 from thousands of lava rocks which separated the chief’s home from the puuhonua. Inside this 1
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Boiling Pots State Park

Travel up past the Hilo Medical Center on a narrow two laned windy road and you're here, Boiling Pots. Boiling Pots is extremely beaufitul and dangerous. The reason they call it that is because of its shape and it looks as if it is boiling. It's a terrace of water pools that leads down to Rainbow Falls, a popular tourist stop off. We frequently get many Japanese tourist and in the right light, they appear frightened at the signs posted all over "DANGER". Many have died carelessly by swimming here and getting sucked under the rock bowls.

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triplehelix
Oct 04, 2006

'Rainbow Falls' is a...

'Rainbow Falls' is a spectacular place. I don't think any of my photos really captured the real 'FEEL' of this incredible waterfall. It is something that has to be seen, for real ;-) If you have been here, then you will know what I mean, if not, then you really should come, and see for yourself. ;-) It is not far from 'Hilo'....

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Sweetberry1
Aug 25, 2002

Akaka & Kahuna Falls

* Akaka Falls Rd * Off Hwy 19, Honomu, HI 96728 *
My first day on the Big Island, my friend Kawika took me to these amazing sheer pits of 'awe' known as 'Akaka Falls. A 442 foot tall waterfall descending down into a deep gorge as part of the Kolekole Stream. Located within 'Akaka Falls State Park just 11 miles north of Hilo at the end of Highway 220. Because the waterfall plunges down into a very rocky and scenic gorge, the local Hawaiians named it 'Akaka which means "A rent, split, chink, separation; to crack, split, scale". The folklore surrounding these falls involve Pôhaku a Pele that, when struck by a branch of lehua ʻâpane, will call the sky to darken and rain to fall (Pukui, Elbert, & Mookini, 1974). You can also see Kahûnâ Falls along this trail. The trail is a self-guided .4 mile hike through dense tropical vegatation leading to these two natural wonders of Hawaii. Lots of Hawaii's botanica dot and dress up the trail as tropical flowers, vines, and trees. Kahuna Falls is the lesser of the two, plummeting 400 feet. The Park itself has a nice parking lot, rest rooms, and often will find locals selling arts and crafts. On my visit on August 6, 2009; there was an amazing artist painting local scenery. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Must visit location on the Big Island.

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Nov 11, 2009
 
 
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Rainbow falls

Our last stop before heading back across the island to our resort was rainbow falls, The walk was short to view the falls .. you could walk up stairs to get other angle but it was HOT and Humid and...
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Akaka falls state park

The walk to see the falls wasn't far but it was hot and humid ... and raining off and on. there were stairs and with the rain the path to the falls was a bit slippery. the falls was nice and take...
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Volcanoes National Park

We went to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National park. Boy, was it far - a really long drive from Kona. And, I'm not sure worth the drive. Do your research in advance if you want to check it out. Make...
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Mauna Kea

We did not go to the summit due to the fact that we had a rental car AND we had a 4 year old child. They do not cover rentals to go past the visitor's center and the visitor's center doesn't recommend...
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