Other nearby sites worthy of a visit are the Hapuna State Park, home to the best beaches in the island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea Observatories, Akaka Falls
State Park, Waimea's vegetable and flower farms, and the ancient Hawaiian fishponds and petroglyph fields.
On these cruises, guests can explore Hilo's world-class botanical gardens, the molten lava flows of Kilauea and awe-inspiring Akaka Falls
For a more unhurried impression, be sure to make a short detour up the mountainside to Akaka Falls
From Hilo, explore lush rain forests and hike to spectacular waterfalls, such as the 420-foot Akaka Falls
and the multi-level Umauma Falls.
Other highlights include world-class botanical gardens and the awe-inspiring Akaka Falls
Students also will hike through a tropical rain forest to Akaka Falls
, go on a cross-island sightseeing tour from Hilo to Kailua-Kona, go snorkeling, visit a natural energy laboratory and aquaculture facility, go humpback whale and spinner dolphin watching, and see the Ellison S.
cascading Akaka Falls
--a tour of the Bishop Museum to learn about dinosaurs, stars, rare birds, and Hawaiian traditions --a walk on the decks of the Battleship Missouri and a chance to learn about and honor the heroes of the U.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Akaka Falls
included in "The West's Best Waterfalls" (March, page 114).
On the Big Island, Akaka Falls
offers just those things.
Head up State 220 nearly 3 miles past abandoned cane fields to Akaka Falls