Photoessay: Exploring Hidden Waterfalls on the Big Island

Aloha! The volcanic Hawaiian islands are as diverse as they are beautiful. During our stay on the Big Island we were able to explore the black rocks of Kona and the lush landscape of Hilo.

Due to the tropical climate, waterfalls can be found all over the island. When we traveled to Hawaii last October we put a trip to the falls at the top of our bucket list. We were lucky enough to have a local take us to explore hidden falls in Waimea. Just 40 miles north of Kona, Waimea was a stunning retreat from the black sand of Kona.

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Here’s our ragtag gang of explorers blindly following the locals.

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We were surrounded by trees that must have been more than 50 feet tall. It was humbling to be away from the sounds of the city, completely engulfed by nature.

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Here’s Tay cheesin’ as we prepare to enter fields full of ginger.

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That’s me looking worn out but eager to explore.

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We wound up in the middle of a circular dirt plot that branched off into four separate directions. If there was ever a time to quote “The Road Not Taken”…

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There were two waterfalls on our trek, this was the first and smaller of the two.

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The day was gray and drizzly, even though just two hours before we had been soaking up the 90 degree heat in Kona.

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The second waterfall was massive! If you look closely you can see our friend Lucas sitting at the top (don’t try that at home).

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Even though it was a bit chilly, we all went for a swim when we got to the larger waterfall.

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All smiles at the swimming hole.

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There are tons of waterfalls to explore on the Big Island but the best kept secrets must be shown to you by a local. Make friends, toss up a shakka, and don’t forget to bring your camera along for the ride!

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