MondayMarch 10, 2014
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
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Excursion: Waterfalls: Akaka Falls, Kahuna 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.