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Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Day Circle Tour (Day 2) – Hilo to Kailua-Kona

This blog post continues the activities of Tuesday, September 4th.

We were still talking about our surprise helicopter ride, as we left the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and drove to Rainbow Falls.   Rainbow Falls is located at the northwest border of Hilo and quite easy to reach.  From the parking lot it is a very short walk to an overlook of the falls.

MVIMG_20180904_104617Rainbow Falls
(Photo by Bob)

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Rainbow Falls is 80 feet high.  The waterfall cascades over a lava cave that according to legend is home to the ancient Hawaiian goddess Hina, the goddess of the moon.

Depending on the amount of rainfall upstream in the preceding days the falls can be either roaring or they can be reduced to a trickle.

D5263853 4x6I took this photograph of Rainbow Falls in May 2010.
The amount of water falling was less in 2010 than it was this year.

Late August this year Hurricane Lane dumped many, many inches of rain on Hilo.  I believe Rainbow Falls was flowing well still from the amount of rain that fell then.  Watch this video, which was filmed on August 23, twelve days before we visited Rainbow Falls.

Rainbow Falls during Hurricane Lane
August 23, 2018

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Bob and I at Rainbow Falls this year.

From Rainbow Falls we drove to Zippy’s Restaurant, which is located at the Prince Kuhio Plaza Shopping Mall.  After breakfast Dorothy and I went shopping at Skechers, Sears and TJ Maxx. I purchased a pair of Skechers sneakers, as the sneakers that I wore to Hawaii were falling apart.

We took Highway 19 out of Hilo and drove north up the Hamakua Coast.  We followed Highway 19 to about the 7.5 mile marker, at which point we make a right hand turn onto 4 Mile Scenic Drive.  We followed this scenic drive until it took us, in 4 miles, back to Highway 19.  This road twists and snakes around tight curves and over one-lane bridges, through a lush tropical rain forest lined with streams.  There are breathtaking views of the ocean, coast and the collapsed Onomea Arch in Onomea Bay.

_LG28002_LG28003_LG28004-HDROnomea Arch

According to Hawaiian legend King Kamehameha threw his sword and created a tunnel in solid rock. Onomea Arch stood for thousands of years until an earthquake in 1956 caused the top of the arch to collapse.

Further up the road we saw a large hole in the cliff side spilling water under a bridge and into the stream.

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Small roadside waterfall

We stopped for a snack at What’s Shakin’.

What’s Shakin’

20180904_234712696_iOSWhat’s Shakin’ Menu

John and Bob ordered Peanut Braddah smoothies. I ordered a Farmers Favorite. I cannot remember the type of fruit smoothie that Dorothy ordered.  The smoothies were delicious!

We made our way back to Highway 19 and continued our drive north.

Our next stop was at Akaka Falls State Park. Akaka Falls is located in a tropical forest.

_LG28007Akaka Falls is visible from the parking lot.

We took the most direct trail to Akaka Falls, which reduced significantly the amount of stairs we had to climb. We enjoyed the tropical vegetation and saw a couple small falls along the way.

_LG28008I love the drops of rain on this plant.

_LG28009One of the small waterfalls that we saw on our way to Akaka Falls.
The young couple on the far right side of the bridge are Emily and Ben,
whom we shared our helicopter ride with earlier in the day.

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I liked the red color of this plant, against the green background.

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Another waterfall

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Bananas
The bulb at the bottom is the bunch of bananas is a banana flower.

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This is Akaka Falls.

Akaka Falls is 442 feet tall.

20180904_145838Bob and I at Akaka Falls.

Our last stop along the Hamakua Coast was at the Waipio Valley Lookout.

_LG28020_LG28021_LG28022-HDRThe lookout provides a view of the Waipio Valley.

From Waipio Valley Lookout we drove to Waimea. We stopped at the Big Island Brew House.

20180904_165142Dorothy took this picture of Bob, John and I at the back of the car.
John and Bob are getting out the growlers to fill with beer.
I don’t know what I was looking at.

After getting some brew we stopped at the supermarket and got pizza and a few other groceries. We returned to Kailua-Kona via the high road (Highway 190). We returned home around 7:30 pm.

We ate dinner (pizza), and shortly afterward I went to bed.

5 Responses to “Our Hawaiian Vacation: Two Day Circle Tour (Day 2) – Hilo to Kailua-Kona”

  1. Eileen Wise

    Wow, gorgeous post and photos. I love all the flowers and the waterfalls. The coastline shot is beautiful too. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

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  2. Mercer Family

    Dear Linda, I’m certainly enjoying your trip to Hawaii! Mu hubby and I were there to celebrate my 50th birthday a few years ago. We rented a convertible and spent every day exploring. The highlight was a hike on the lava fields which probably isn’t available now, after the recent eruption of Kilauea. Thanks for your pictures! Bev Mercer (You took our picture at the Kinzua Heritage Festival.)

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  3. Betsy

    WOW….. I’m so jealous… Would love the helicopter ride and even moreso, the scenic road around the area showing the coastline, all of the waterfalls, etc…. You have the perfect TOUR GUIDE…. I’d love visiting there sometime…. Thanks for sharing.

    After being so warm this month, a cold front has come through today and we’re going down to 38 here tonight. YEAH. Maybe we’ll finally get some FALL.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. seniorhiker

    The second part of our day was just as wonderful as the first part. I really enjoyed your photos (and video) of the waterfalls.

    Reply
  5. DeniseinVA

    Looks like another great day. I loved the look of the waterfalls and that beautifully lush and tropical vegetation. Gorgeous scenery, very nice local shots and lovely photos of you all.

    Reply

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