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Beautiful Waterfalls On The Big Island, Hawaii

Jul 2, 2008
Like many of the islands of Hawaii, the Big Island hosts a number of marvelous waterfalls. Most of the waterfalls are located on the south east side of the island, in the area around Hilo and further south towards the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

One of the most most visited and probably most stunning of them all is Akaka Falls. This 420 foot waterfall is found north of Hilo and to get there you do about a half mile hike, through lush rain forest.

On your way up the trail to Akaka you will encounter the smaller, gorgeous waterfall named Kahuna. These two waterfalls, along with the beauty of the trail makes this hike one of you best picks for an extraordinary nature experience. Because of its easy access it's also great if you don't have much time but still want to get in touch with some beautiful landmarks of the Big Island.

On the north side of the island you find Waipi'o Valley. Here you find a lot of cascading waterfalls along the sides of the valley together with nature that is so lush it has an almost magical feel to it.

The valley can be reached by car and it's possible to get a pretty good view from it. It's well worth the effort though to get out of the car and do a bit of hiking. There are hundreds of waterfalls here, and one of the most loved one is called Hi'ilawe. You can easily spend a day or more in this sacred valley.

Another gorgeous waterfall, located inland of Hilo is the Rainbow Falls. It's easy to get to, since you're able to drive all the way upfront to it, and it gives you a spectacular view of the water falling down about 80 feet into a large turquoise pool, almost 100 feet wide. In the area are also hiking trails for those that wants to get a closer contact with the nature and to get a different view of the falls. Best time to go here is in the morning, when the sun is rising and shining onto the lush rain forest.

At the World Botanical Garden of Hawaii, located north of Hilo you find the picturesque Uma Uma Falls. This is a tree-level fall that pours down into three small, tranquil pools all surrounded up by beautiful lava stones and trees and plants. The garden is a quite new establishment and has not yet been landscaped fully, so it still gives you a feeling of being in the wild.

These are some of the beautiful places where you can enjoy the wonder that a cascading waterfall is while at the Big Island.
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