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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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waterfalls across the Hilo side

We took a day to explore the other side. Our first trip to the island we spent the day on the other side with volcanos and walking to see lava . This time we explored botanical gardens and water fall on the Hilo side. unfortunately it was rainy and humid. so kept getting rained on and the sky wasn't blue. couple nice falls on Hilo side.

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chattygirl7491
Aug 14, 2016

Rainbow Falls

I had previously visited Rainbow Falls during a trip to the Big Island many years ago. In 2013, my wife and I visited Hilo and took a local tour which brought us to Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls is a large waterfall; about 80 feet high and 100 feet in diameter. The name Rainbow Falls comes from the Hawaiian word for the falls which is Waiânuenue ; translated as Rainbow Water(rainbows often appear here in the mist). When we visited the Falls; the water was in full gush due to so many days of rain the days prior to our visit. The Wailuku River feeds the water off the edge down into a pool below. Above the pool of water is a lava cave where the Hawaiian Goddess Hina lives.

We viewed the Falls from a number of platforms; each giving a different view. I was glad to re-visit the falls and bring my wife to see such a beautiful natural wonder

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cjg1
Mar 26, 2013

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls is a beautiful three-tiered waterfall, it's about 300 feet in total height. This waterfall was the last of many on our tour of Hilo and the surrounding area. We were fortunate to have had several days of rain in Hilo before we visited so this waterfall was in its full flow when we viewed it.

This waterfall is on private property and requires a fee of $6 but was included in our tour price. This was the site of our BBQ lunch as well. It was incredible to have a tasty lunch overlooking the waterfall and hearing the gush of the water as we ate.

with a cumulative height of about 300 feet (90 m). This waterfall used to be accessible via the World Botanical Gardens, but there was a change of management at World Botanical Gardens and in 2008, the Umauma Falls lookout point and its surrounding 90 acres were sold to Umauma Experience, a company that also operates a zip-line. So now the waterfall is accessible only through the Umauma Experience (admission cost to view the waterfall is $6).

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cjg1
Mar 15, 2013

Akaka Falls

My first visit to Akaka Falls was many years ago and I had rented a car. After the drive outside of Hilo on 19 we made the left turn onto 220. Only 3.4 miles to go and we’d be at the first intentional destination of the day. This was honestly the late addition to the list that I was insisting on and it was the highlight of my entire day. And so we drove up to the stop sign about ¾ mile in. Made the left turn down the “main street” and then the right. This we followed up the hill until it ended in the parking lot of the park.

Parked and packed we set off. Down the stairs to the Y where we discussed which to do. We decided to do the circle loop and see both falls since we were already here. So to the right we went further down the hill. As we followed the path it took us across a bridge and back up a bit we came to the end of the path. And there wasn’t much of a view from there. Kahuna Falls were across the valley but not a great view. After some pics here we move on up the path towards Akaka Falls.

After about five minutes we crested the hill along the forested path and there was our first glimpse. The mighty 420+ foot drop of the Akaka Falls. Wow. I was so amazed. We stayed here for a good ten minutes taking pics and movies of the falls.

The basin that these falls tumble into reminds me a bit of the area the helicopter on Jurassic Park comes down into. There is a small covered rest area here and a good 10 to 15 feet of fencing you can take pics from.

From here it was a short 750 foot walk back to the Y and up the stairs to the parking lot. It was here where we finally ran into another person. They had just arrived and we were happy we had had the park to our selves.

The park is open 24 hours a day but I highly recommend you come and see it as we did pre 9 am. The sun is shining onto the falls in the morning and this also gives the best light angle for pics.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting these waterfalls with my wife in February 2013. We were fortunate that it had rained for several days prior to our visit and the falls were amazing full and gushing water...it was so much more than my first visit.

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Mar 15, 2013
 
 
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Rainbow Falls

A waterfall located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 ft (24 m) tall and almost 100 ft (30 m) in diameter.
At Rainbow Falls, the Wailuku River rushes into a large pool below. The gorge is blanketed by lush, dense tropical foliage and the turquoise colored pool is bordered by beautiful wild ginger. The fall is accessed by a hike down a slippery path made of stone that ends at the lookout point. The falls are accessed at Wailuku River State Park.Known in the Hawaiian language as Waianuenue[1], the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an ancient Hawaiian goddess. Rainbow Falls derives its name from the fact that, on misty mornings, one can see beautiful rainbows spanning the waterfall.

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nightmarcher45
Feb 26, 2010

Land, Water and Air Tours

Family owned and Operated Lobo Del Mar Activities specializes in bringing to you the best land, water or air tours that Hilo has to offer. From unique volcano tours to one-of-a-kind waterfall tours by boat, we strive to bring you quality service to help make your visit to the Big Island of Hawaii enjoyable!

Fuegodegitana
Jul 21, 2007

What a Drop!

Just a short trip from Hilo, and you can see some of the most impressive waterfalls and lush bamboo jungles. We headed up north from Hilo and took a road a couple miles back to Akaka Falls Park. This is a popular spot, but the payoff is big.

There are actually two waterfalls here, Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls. You can take the trail that leads around to both, but be prepared for slippery, sometimes steep trails. With the pins in my hand and the large cast, I was finding it a little difficult to walk the trail. First of all, holding on to a railing always seemed to be on the bad hand side, and I certainly didn't want to fall...

So you take this trail through the bamboo jungle and we got to the Kahuna Falls first. It drops about 100 feet. Then we continued around the path and got to Akaka Falls. The Akaka Falls drops an awe-inspiring 420 feet!

This is a great short trip out of Hilo, so it should be included on things to do lists for everyone!

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KiKitC
Apr 19, 2006

Short tour of Waterfalls Just Outside of Hilo

Hey...not all of the impressive waterfalls require a full day trip. Just a short trip down Waianuenue Avenue follow the signs for Rainbow Falls. This easy to access waterfall changes depending on the weather. While we were there there was a lot of rain, so the falls were teaming. If you get there in the morning, the light may be just right to see a rainbow, hence the name. We did get to see a small one appear. The cave behind the falls is where King Kamehameha is said to have buried the bones of his father.

Maybe a mile or so up that road, follow the signs for the "Boiling Pots" an area of rapids just upstream of the Rainbow Falls. They were really boiling when we were there with the amount of rain water dropped on us. Just a bit upstream, you can see the Pe'epe'e Falls. I've heard you can reach the falls from this park, but the water was way to treacherous now to try. (Plus, my hand was in a cast, that's asking for trouble).

Need more waterfalls? Continue through this quite neighborhood, not even a mile, you can see Wai'ale Falls from the bridge.

Just one small warning...I've heard the Boiling Pots has numerous car break-ins. It was obvious that less attention is given to this area than Rainbow Falls.

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Dec 28, 2005
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Rainbow Falls

The 80-foot Rainbow Falls is renowned for the rainbow formed from its mist many mornings; legends say that the cave beneath the waterfall was the home of Hina, mother of the demigod Maui. It's a nice little place to stop off.

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Blatherwick
Sep 03, 2005

Akaka Falls

This falls, some 442 feet high is on many "must see" lists on the Big Island and is a grandiose sight indeed.

You can take a moderate half mile hike through a rainforest featuring large philodendron vines, wild orchids and bamboo groves. If you go around the right way instead of backwards like I did you first see the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and they are impressive but nothing compared to Akaka.

Thanks to VT member logophile I know that it is the Kolekole stream which powers the falls.

The park entrance is at the end of Akaka Falls Road, Highway 220, 3.6 miles southwest of Honomu.

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rexvaughan
Apr 07, 2005

Umauma Falls

This is a really beautiful waterfall, really a series of cascading falls. Their brochure claims it is the most beautiful in Hawaii and it is hard to argue with. They also compare it to Akaka Falls, but the two are so different it is hard to compare them. Akaka is spectacular for its wild height and spray and this one for its eye appealing beauty.

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rexvaughan
Mar 14, 2005

Akaka Falls State Perk

this is a very easy walk through some very lovely "rain forest " type vegatation and the falls are very nice although you are a valley away it is still impressive alot of running water on the trip.
A meandering 20-minute loop trail takes you to the best spots to see the two falls, 'Akaka and Kahuna. The 400-foot Kahuna Falls is on the lower end of the trail. The majestic upper 'Akaka Falls drops more than 442 feet, tumbling far below into a pool drained by Kolekole Stream amid a profusion of fragrant white, yellow, and red torch ginger.

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Oct 04, 2004

Things to Do Near Hilo

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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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