Aloha and welcome to my second missive from the island of Kona, Hawai’i! For the first photoblog you can backtrack to here.
Our second full day was dedicated to the waterfalls on the east end of the island- Akaka Falls State Park and Rainbow Falls in the city of Hilo. Akaka Falls is a mild trek in a rainforest environment with a huge single fall, much larger than Niagra Falls but across a chasm that there’s really no way to get to. It was in this park that my son Patrick ran into a group of Japanese girls who thought we was the cutest thing and wanted to get pictures with him.
Afterwards we ate lunch in Hilo, where a man solely in underwear and socks was lurking in a doorway behind us until the building owner threw him on the street and called the police. Hilo continued to showcase eyebrow raising behavior with public urination, gang tagging, and a flipped up mattress in one cafe, but these experiences are part of the fun of travel. With a few hours of sunlight left, we did a quick drive to Rainbow Falls which are within city limits.
I admit I was initially disappointed with Rainbow Falls- it was a parking lot, and a 3 minute walk to a viewing area. Then I noticed a bunch of people on top of the falls, and then my perception changed. This is a waterfall you can hike to the top of, and also find one of the hugest, strangest trees that I’ve ever seen.
Standing over Rainbow Falls and looking straight down with my daughter is easily one of the highlights of the whole Hawai’i trip. Speaking of Maggie, day 2 had one of her highlights of the trip: holding a duckling.
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