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Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii State Parks

Hawaii is known for its natural beauty. The beaches, the dramatic cliffs, the boldly colored sunsets- Hawaii is truly, naturally gorgeous. Amongst some of these natural must-see spectacles are the state parks the separate islands offer. Each island offers different and amazing parks that everyone should see for themselves. When it comes to the Big Island, there is no shortage of inspiration. Here are three of our favorite parks on the Big Island.

Wailuku River state park is a 16.3 acre sized land decorated with natural spectacles. Of these spectacles is the 80ft waterfall, also known as Rainbow Falls. The waterfall is known for the rainbow it makes from the mist on the mornings of most days. There is also what is known as the “Boiling Pots”, which is a collection of big pools that are linked by underground water passages. The water in these pools roll and bubble from the underground passages, giving them the effect of “boiling”.

Akaka Falls state park boasts 65.4 acres of pristine Hawaiian landscape. The main attraction is a 442ft heavenly waterfall that cuts through green vegetated cliff walls into a dark black gorge. The falls are ethereal. At this park, for an entry of $5, one can walk around a .4 mile loop footpath that offers stunning views of the falls. The footpath does require some physical exertion, so plan accordingly.

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) is a stretch of top choice Hawaiian sand that sits on some the clearest and blue water the Pacific Ocean offers. There are picnic tables- perfect for an outdoor lunch! A 4.5 mile hike north through the park that follows the famous coastal tail, Ala Kahakai, will take one to Kua Bay. Along the hike, one can enjoy the view atop the summit of Pu’u Ku’ili, which stands at 342 feet high and overlooks the coastline (a sure Instagram hit).  Be sure to bring water, as there is no drinking water available at the park.

These parks offer something truly beautiful and unique that stand out amongst the Hawaiian land. Go out, explore, witness, and be inspired. There is a world worth seeing, go see it!

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Free Weekend at Volcanoes National Park Jan 14-16

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, national parks in the United States will be free this weekend, January 14-16! That means you can go see Volcanoes National Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and Puukohola Heiau for FREE this weekend… We LOVE free!!!

Volcano flowing in ocean
Volcano flowing in ocean
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Akaka Falls State Park

Feel like getting out and exploring?  The Big Island of Hawaii is home to some of the most serene and majestic hikes in Hawaii and just a short 20 minute drive north of Hilo you will find Akaka Falls State Park which is the home of two impressive Hawaiian waterfalls.

Photo by Kirk Lee Aeder, Courtesy Big Island Visitor Bureau.

Take a self-guided, 0.4 mile hike through lush tropical vegetation to get to two towering waterfalls.  The shady-paved trail takes you over cascading miniature waterfalls through dense, damp forest and takes approximately a half-hour.  You will see huge ferns and bamboo towering over you as streams flow beneath the foot bridges.  First visit Kahuna Falls, the lesser of the two waterfalls at 400ft.  Then go on to the majestic Akaka Falls, which drops 442 ft into a pool of water below.  Don’t forget your camera on this one as there are many photo opportunities during this nature hike.

To get to Akaka Falls take Route 19 north out of Hilo.  Turn right on Route 220 (after mile marker 13) towards Honomu and drive through the town.  Follow signs for Akaka Falls.  The road ends at the parking lot for Akaka Falls State Park.  Here you will find a paved parking lot and bathrooms.  Most likely you will see a native Hawaiian lady at the head of the trail displaying hand-made Hawaiian art prints.

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