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.
The tracks are "Safe in Your Arms" (4:14), "Angel Steps" (2:50), "Fawn" (5:12), "Little Sunshine Girl" (3:36), "Purple Mountain" (4:59), "Sweet Pea Lullaby" (4:13), "Gwenlaise" (4:34), "Starlit Walk" (4:02), "A Child's Eyes" (3:33), "Akaka Falls
" (4:55), "Christo's Theme" (3:57), and "Sanctuary" (5:29).
Our favorite stops include the terrific Wednesday and Saturday Hilo Farmers Market, Lili'uokalani Gardens, and--because you wanted moisture-nearby 'Akaka Falls
State Park, with its gorgeous 442-foot 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.
"I have visited the Hawaii Botanical Gardens, Mauna Kea and Akaka Falls
; I do want to see the petroglyphs in Kona.
In addition, Hawaiian-language songs like "Wai Punalau" (1897) and "Akaka Falls
" (1934) use the word malihini in a non-ethnic, non-nationalistic way to simply describe unfamiliarity with a particular place in Hawai'i (the waters of Punalau and Akaka Falls
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.
From Hilo, explore lush rain forests and hike to spectacular waterfalls, such as the 420-foot Akaka Falls
and the multi-level Umauma Falls.
State Park An easy 0.4 -mile walk leads to two spectacular waterfalls.
Bring your camera and hike the paved loop through a gorgeous jungle to view Kahuna Falls and the 422-foot Akaka Falls
. The village of Hawi offers you a glimpse of the old Hawaii.
Hawaii has no shortage of waterfalls, but few combine the easy access and knock-your-flip-flops-off beauty of the Big Island's 'Akaka Falls
I was pleasantly surprised to see Akaka Falls
included in "The West's Best Waterfalls" (March, page 114).