We left the Big Island’s sunny and dry Kohala Coast, driving past rugged lava flows from a centuries old Hualalai volcanic eruption on our way to the green and wet Hilo side. We wanted to show the amazing Akaka Falls State Park to our grandsons. My brother Gary lives south of Hilo and joined us for our tour.
The rainforest loop trail to the falls is very lush and indescribably verdant. The park’s rainforest is home to wonderful ginger, hibiscus, philodendron, fragrant plumeria, exotic heliconia, and beautiful anthuriams.
We heard the sound of rushing water as we walked down the trail. All of a sudden the majesty of 420’ Akaka Falls was in front of us. Mesmerizing!
I’ve hiked this trail a number of times in the past, but each trip brings something visually new and exciting!
After enjoying the park my brother took us to his house to see his “jungle.”
He grows lilikoi (passion fruit), guava, avocado, bananas, herbs, berries, and a multitude of other flowers and plants.
I love his little Honeycomb Ginger.
Wild orchids were growing everywhere! Locals often call them “weeds.”
Marla loved his banana tree.
Very large trumpet shaped flowers were blooming on his Mandevilla vine.
The boys love the sensitive plants! They close up when you touch them.
I wish my orchids would grow like this!
After our botanical tours we were all ready for something cold! Hilo Homemade Ice Cream is a favorite of locals looking for unusual flavors. We had the Poha berry which was amazing! I hope you enjoyed our little Big Island tour.
***For a video tour of Akaka Falls State Park please click below.