Perfect for those who want to see the beauty of this island but are not at all interested in long heart pumping hikes, brave enough to venture out with minimum supervision and like adventures short, satisfying and relaxing. This half-day Big Island itinerary fits in well for early or late risers, day-trippers, kids and more. It requires a rental car, and ten dollars for entrance into the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, reservations for a 50-minute helicopter tour and a huge appetite to enjoy either lunch or dinner at one of Hilo’s favorite award winning local spots. It is an enjoyable morning or afternoon perfect for romantics to linger leisurely and quick moving enough for kids with shorter attention spans, and for everyone who enjoys easy access to all that is the Big Island has to offer. Day-trippers can easily re-arrange the order of this trip to begin with the helicopter trip and end at the airport after eating.
If starting from Hilo or Kona, begin with Akaka Falls. Start with Kahuna Falls first because the trail access is easier and avoids the steep angles upward. As you pass Kahuna Falls, the white noise of rushing water of Akaka Falls will be heard in the distance. This is where Hawaiian legend says that the warrior chief Akaka was discovered by his wife having an affair and while overwhelmed with guilt, threw himself over the cliff into the pool below. His wife,...read more
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On the far end of the Big Island's Windward side is this pretty little park noted for its magnificent waterfall. The hike to the waterfall overlook is short (less than a half-mile) and not too difficult. The path is even paved. The waterfall is impressive; it is a 440-foot cascade over a volcanic cliff. Lush greenery blankets the area. Visitors enjoy quite a few nice places for pictures or picnics on the 65-acre property. The trail leads through tropical rain forest, leading to viewpoints overlooking two beautiful waterfalls, cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling 'Akaka Falls which drops 442 feet into a steep gorge. Restroom facilities are located at the trailhead.
This park is rich in scenic beauty, that lends itself well to photography and opportunities for viewing tropical scenery. The lush terrain also provides excellent opportunities for plant identification. A paved walking path leads visitors to the waterfalls offering a short hike requiring some physical exertion.
This state park lies on the windward side of the Big Island north of Hilo. The site can be accessed from Akaka Falls Road via Hawaii Belt Road.
Crater Rim Drive is an eleven-mile loop road that encircles the summit Caldera, passes through the Ka`u Desert and tropical rain forest and provides access to well-marked scenic stops and short walks. This road provides access to Kilauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Overlook and Thurston Lava Tube. Several trails are accessible from this route, including Crater Rim Trail, Devastation Trail and Ka'u Desert Trail. You should allow one to three hours to tour this scenic drive, depending on how often you stop. Turn to the left as you enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and follow signs toward the Kilauea Visitor Center. This is the beginning of Crater Rim Scenic Drive.
Wailuku River State Park provides viewpoints of geologic and scenic interest along the Wailuku River. The park preserves two waterfalls and a basalt lava formation known as the boiling pots. Rainbow Falls takes its name from a rainbow formed by the mists and sunlight. The falls are 80 feet high. A cave lies beneath the falls, which legend says was home to Hina, mother of the demigod Maui. The boiling pots lie down river from Peepee Falls. They are a succession of large pools whose water appears to be boiling as it rolls over many rocks en route to the ocean. There are well-exposed hexagonal columns that line the pools which were formed by the slow cooling of basalt lava.
A short hiking trail around the boiling pots is maintained at this site, which also has restrooms and many scenic vistas offering photographic opportunities.
Wailuku River State Park is located near downtown Hilo on the leeward side of Hawaii. It can be accessed from Waianuenue Avenue with the boiling pots on Peepee Falls Drive and Rainbow Falls on Rainbow Drive.
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Take a once in a lifetime flight over the spectacular Big Island. On this Circle of Fire and Waterfall Helicopter Tour, view lava flows, black sand beaches, tropical rain forests and waterfalls. There is no better way to experience the beauty and ferocity of Hawaii's active volcanoes than from the air - come see for yourself!read more
Tour the most geologically active environment on earth, with emphasis on the most current areas of volcanic activity. Enjoy a 50 minute helicopter flight from Hilo, The Big Island's most tropical town: an exotic year-round greenhouse of flourishing flowers and lush tropical plants under a canopy of towering Banyan trees, and a landscape well-endowed with natural wonders, including thundering falls and volcanic fissures.
Your helicopter tour will fly over the Circle of Fire, view amazing lava flows and black sand beaches, from the comfort and safety of your million dollar aircraft! As well as seeing tropical rain forests and waterfalls you will learn all about the history and culture of Hawaii. Book now for an experience truly unique to Hawaii!
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