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If you want to get away from all the tourists and spend some time with locals than Hilo is the town you want to spend a few days at. In this small-town you will be able to see how diverse Hawaii really is. In this post we share some amazing nature wonders in Hilo that you can enjoy. For the first part of our stay on the Big Island I did not feel like we were in Hawaii because Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hardly looked like the Hawaii I knew of or expected it to look like. Don’t get me wrong I loved Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park but after a few days I was ready to see the lush green part of the Island.

‘Akaka Falls

When I think of Hawaii I always think waterfalls. ‘Akaka Falls is probably our favorite. This free-falling water fall plunges 442 feet into a gorge. This is only a 0.4 mile loop round trip and this is one of those places where you wish the trail would continue into the beautiful lush jungle. We arrived early which we were so glad that we did because we were able to enjoy this waterfall without a large crowd. The sound and sight of this waterfall is so captivating and it was defiantly the highlight of this trail but every turn you took you could not help but look all around you in astonishment by how everything was so green and overgrown.




Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

I’m sure you know that trees, ferns, flowers, and plants love it in Hawaii because with the right amount of rain, sunshine, and warmth the garden flourishes here. This is the third Island in Hawaii that we have visited and each time we visit we make sure we see the Botanical Gardens on that Island. Here you will be able to marvel over 2,500 different species of tropical plants, many of them you will see for the first time.

I love pictures of flowers, especially ones I’ve never seen before. Many of these flowers here are so colorful and unique. I could seriously admire them for hours. One of the best sections in this garden is the Orchids. I had a few orchid plants growing in my house but the barely ever bloomed. Here you will find a variety of different ones and it seems that they are all in full bloom.


Kaumana Caves

These caves were formed in 1881 by lava flow. There is quite a bit to explore in this cave. You’ll want to bring your flashlights and helmet. The formations and colors are beautiful in this cave. It’s amazing how a few steps outside the cave it is lush with vegetation but inside it is cool and mostly dry. There are two caves to explore once you reach the bottom of the stairs. They are both quite different so we recommend explore both of them. The cave on the right is deeper and has more formations on the ceilings. Whereas, the cave on the left has red rock this because the lava cooled very fast in these area.  This is the perfect adventure to enjoy on a rainy or hot day.



Liliuokalani Park and Gardens

This is the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan. If you love Japanese gardens or if you’ve never really seen one then you don’t want to miss this 34-acre park which was built in the early 1900s. Here you will find locals fishing for fish or crab, individuals taking an evening stroll, or children running around on the grass. The curved bridge, fishponds, and stone lanterns are so beautiful. It is located near Downtown Hilo and is within walking distance from hotels, restaurants, and many other attractions.  


Rainbow Falls

Gosh this 80 foot tall cascade waterfall is breathtaking. This waterfall is flowing right off a natural water cave. We did not see a rainbow because it was a cloudy day but if you come on sunny days around 10 am you might be lucky and see a rainbow in the waterfall.To see this waterfall you don’t have to walk very far at all because it is right next to the parking lot. There are stairs to the right and here you can see the top of the waterfall as well as beautiful trees.

These trees are truly magical with roots and branches entwined together. When you look at these trees you can’t help but notice how grand these trees look and how important it is for us to root for each other and watch each other grow. We are made more magnificent when we stand for each other and work together. I think too often many couples want to have their own achievements, dreams, accomplishments but when couples share the same dreams they stand out for miles and leave those who witness them speechless. Hubby and I could seriously stare at these trees for hours. We came to see the Rainbow Falls never realizing that we would see these massive trees with so much history and growth.



When you hear Hawaii, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

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24 Responses

  1. Kristina

    When I hear Hawaii the first thing that comes to mind is the ocean. I’ve never been but my late husband has and he loved it! It looks beautiful! The flowers and volacano! I can’t wait to go someday!

  2. I’ve always dreamed about going to Hawaii. Blue sky’s and clear oceans is definitely what comes to mind when i think of Hawaii.

  3. Those pictures are absolutely beautiful! It looks like ya’ll had a wonderful time. I would love to visit Hawaii some time in the future!

  4. Oh my gosh! Girl! You have me so ready for a Hawaiian vacation. Hilo sounds absolutely amazing. I’m definitely adding it to my bucket list.

  5. Those waterfalls speak to me! I am going to have to go back. Too many things I missed.

  6. Mika

    If you want to stay away from the city’s noise, you should go to Hawaii. Great place and I love the view – I could stare at it the whole day.. I’m sure you had fun!

  7. What a fun guide. I love Hawaii and hope to go back again. My kids love hiking for waterfalls.

  8. Elizabeth O.

    I have never been to Hilo before. I sure would love to. It’s beautiful and serene. I’m definitely going to enjoy the peace and quiet and nature!

  9. Hawaii, I’ve only been there once and I would love to go back again. I think it’s stunning, the view from where you are! The waterfalls is really beautiful and so are the flowers.

  10. Stunning photos! Our family had an amazing Kauai vacation last year and would love to go back. With our youngest daughter growing we would do so much more next visit!

  11. Your pictures are absolutely stunning!
    Thank you very much for sharing such an amazing trip; it definitely makes me want to visit as soon as possible!

  12. Those are some really eye catching pictures. Would love to go there.

  13. Such amazing photos! I hope to get to Hawaii one day! I’m keeping these places as inspiration. 😉

  14. looks like it belongs in heaven. what a gorgeous place to visit. a must see for anyone who is able to jet on over to Hawaii.

  15. When I hear Hawaii, the first thing I think up is tropical paradise. I’ve never been but am inspired to take a trip and check out all the waterfalls and the tropical garden. They are truly exquisite.

  16. These pictures are so gorgeous! Hawaii is such a pretty state to visit, I’d love to go back sometime!

  17. reesa

    Wow look at all of the beautiful wonders you got to see! I love the picture of the lizard on the tree. The tropical flowers are amazing and I love the one of you guys looking up at the big tree.

  18. Hawaii is such a beautiful place. I would love to visit there someday. I just love all the flowers and trees. You took some gorgeous pictures by the way. I think I could live in Hawaii and love it.

  19. This place is gorgeous! I looks like the perfect getaway. Also, how did you hike in those shoes!

  20. CourtneyLynne

    Omg just stunning!!!!! I’ve been fortunate to visit Hawaii a few times and omg! I swear each time I go I fall more I love with the state!

  21. Your pictures are G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! You are really making me want to visit here–maybe I’ll add this to my travel bucket list!

  22. Hawaii is on my list of places to visit. This has just made me want to go right now. It looks so relaxing and breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I can’t remember the last time we took a trip with this much outdoors time. Looks like Hawaii would be a perfect destination for that. Always meant to go and these photos make it look amazing!

  24. I love that there was so much to explore in the caves. I’m sure you both had an amazing time in such a beautiful environment.

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