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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We stopped for a snack at What’s Shakin’.
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.
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.
Akaka Falls is 442 feet tall.
Our last stop along the Hamakua Coast was at the Waipio Valley Lookout.
From Waipio Valley Lookout we drove to Waimea. We stopped at the Big Island Brew House.
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.