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Friday, April 22, 2011

AKAKA FALLS

Day 151 continued: Thursday April 14, 2011 


Welcome to the jungle--the rain forest...  En route along the 19 from Kona to Hilo, you will pass the turn off for Akaka Falls.  In about 10 minutes the drive will slowly climb 2000 feet, dropped the sunny coastline temperature by 10 degrees and the mist in the air will become a shallow rain; perfect conditions for hiking!

The hike itself is easy.  Disappointing, it's all paved with stairs.  However, this is good for older people and young children.  The bad news is if you get stuck behind them climbing the stairs back up, your journey may take you twice as long.  Ok, it's that bad and the elevation gain is can't be much more than 100 feet.  The entire circle route is a mile at best...




 Kahuna Falls

Kahuna falls is a hidden 100 foot waterfall.  The view from the trail is mostly obstructed by the overgrown forest.  There is no way to gain a better vantage point from the park.  However, the valley below is wide open and something tells me that there should be another way to view this majestic wonder.  It would appear that from the top of the falls you would be able to see right into the ocean...  That said, the circle route takes you around to the 442 foot cascading Akaka Falls.  I mean, wow!  The thunderous roar of the water filling up a bowl in the middle of the jungle will simply put you in awe...


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