Big Island, Hawaii

Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls is the probably the most famous/visited waterfall of Hawaiian Islands. It is easily accessible and is right in the heart of tropical jungle

Its half a mile stroll to the falls. The path is through a lush tropical forest filled with wild orchids, ferns and bamboo groves.

Akaka Falls is around 420 feet tall. It is located around 11 miles north from Hilo, As we were heading to Hilo for our overnight stay, this made a perfect stopover.

The day we chose to visit the falls was little rainy giving it a nice tropical feel.

Hilo

As Hilo was gateaway to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located just 45 minutes south, we chose to stay there( at the beautiful :The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls).

Hilo is gifted with lush tropical forests and waterfalls, and we were definitely blessed to make this place our home for a night. For more info on the Inn go to The Inn at Kulaniapia Falls

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has 2 active volcanoes. If you want to know about how Hawaiian Islands were born, latest volcanic activites and the process of vulcanism, this place must be on your to go list! Kilauea is the most famous of the Hawaiian volcanoes and is currently very active.

Halemaumau Crater is a pit crater situated within a larger caldera of Kilauea

We found out that the crater comes to life or the lava shows up only after dark, so we waited here at the visitor center looking through various pieces of information available on volcanoes.

The view changed as it started to get dark!

It goot breathtaking after sunset. The mythical firepit where sacrifices were made became real! It was getting cold so we headed back to Hilo. The rest of the park was covered the next morning.

Thurston Lava Tube is a lava tube which had a red lava river was flowing through it 100 of years ago.

The entire tube is lighted up.

The Chain of craters road is another important attraction in this National Park.

There are lava formations from year 1982, pit craters, twisted solidified lava formationsetc. Amidst this trail of destruction there are also signs of life already!. Little plants are springing up everywhere in this harsh landscape. Destruction is the beginnning of creation!.

Unfortunately for us part of Chain of craters road was closed due to recent lava flow activity in that area.

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is beautiful and very close to downtown Hilo.

Waipio Valley Lookout

Waipio Valley is about one mile across surrounded by cliffs as high as 2000ft.Most of native Hawaiians lived here before.

The Valley can be explored by taking guided tours but we chose not to because of paucity of time. We enjoyed the views of the valley from view points.

Hilton Waikaloa

Hilton Waikaloa is largest resort in Big Island. We had the privilige of staying at the Royal Suite for 2 nights

The details of our wonderful stay can be found here: Hilton Waikaloa

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