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MondayMarch 10, 2014


Hilo, Hawaii
Welcome to the Big Island of Hawaii - a paradise of black-sand beaches, tropical rainforest and volcanic mountains. Mauna Loa, the largest mountain on the planet, soars above the bleak lava fields of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. In the heart of the Big Island's lush rainforest lies the remote and stunning Wai'po Valley (Valley of the Kings). Hawaii's history matches its incomparable landscape - it is a saga of mighty Polynesian kings, sugar barons, war and treachery.







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Excursion:  Waterfalls: Akaka Falls, Kahuna Falls & Rainbow Falls

Board your tour vehicle and drive along the northeast shore to Akaka Falls State Park. An approximately one-mile trail leads through the rainforest and offers views of Kahuna Falls, a cataract-type waterfall that courses 400 feet down the slope of the rainforest. A little further walk brings views of the Big Island's most beautiful waterfall, the free-falling Akaka Falls. Here Kolekole Creek plummets 422 feet into a densely forested gorge.

Return to your tour vehicle for the return drive to Hilo, enjoying views of Onomea Bay. Your destination is Rainbow Falls, where the Wailuku River plunges 100 feet past a large lava cave into a turquoise pool. Enjoy a short hike along the Wailuku River through stands of orchid, bamboo and wild ginger as you return to your tour vehicle.





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