Onomea Bay and the Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Garden will soothe your soul with their tranquility, and the opportunity to hike gently through more orchids, tropical flowers and palm forests than you've seen in your lifetime, and onto the Akaka Falls
State Park with its singular 442-foot tall waterfall.
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.
Must Do: After a day excursion along the Hamakua Coast to see 442-toot Akaka Falls
, set sail along the Kohala Coast and relax on a romantic catamaran sunset dinner cruise.
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.
Bring your camera and hike the paved loop through a gorgeous jungle to view Kahuna Falls and the 422-foot 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.
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