World of Waterfalls Blog

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Most recent blog posts (reverse chronological order):

Waiulili Falls

Waiulili Falls is an ocean-bound waterfall accessible via the sacred Waipi’o Valley (another being Kaluahine Falls) reached by a sketchy coastal scramble.

“Madame Pele’s Afterglow” (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – March 10, 2007)

So we were faced with the decision of whether to do the difficult trek right up to the lava flow or returning to the car wondering what if. It was now 5:30pm and the daylight was fading fast…

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls is a 300ft multi-tiered waterfall that frequents post cards as well as calendars. It sits on private land along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.

Nanue Falls

Nanue Falls is really a series of waterfalls on the Nanua Stream, but reaching a good view of one of the falls requires a very tricky and awkward scramble.

“Hanapueo Falls” and “Lower Umauma Falls”

Both the Hanapueo Falls and the Lower Umauma Falls are visible from a bridge along Highway 19 just north of Hilo. You’ll have to watch for a pullout on the mauka…

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is a convenient and popular 80ft year-round waterfall on the Wailuku River near downtown Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii with a trail to its top.

Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls

Akaka Falls is a 420-442ft waterfall north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast in its own state park. It’s accessed by a short trail that also includes Kahuna Falls.

Peepee Falls

Peepee Falls (or Pe’epe’e Falls) is a 50-60ft waterfall upstream from the Boiling Pots in the Wailuku River State Park near downtown Hilo on the Big Island.

Waiale Falls

Waiale Falls (or Wai’ale Falls) is a pair of lesser known waterfall further upstream from both Pe’epe’e Falls and the popular Rainbow Falls near downtown Hilo.

“Kolekole Falls”

Kolekole Falls is a name I’m using for this little cascade which can be a popular swimming hole in Kolekole Beach Park when the stream and oceans are calm.

Onomea Falls

Onomea Falls is a waterfall nestled in the Hawaii Tropical Botannical Garden, which also has Boulder Creek Falls. The garden is on a drive around Onomea Bay.

Laie Falls

Laie Falls (or La’ie Falls) is a light-flowing 15ft waterfall reached on a lengthy 6-mile round-trip hike in the Ko’olau Mountains above the town of La’ie.

“Unfinished Business on O’ahu” (Honolulu and La’ie – March 7, 2007 to March 8, 2007)

The relentless climb up the trail seemed like it was never ending. I was starting to get worried that I might not find the waterfall as it had started to reach the two-hour point…

Jackass Ginger Pool

The Jackass Ginger Pool is really more of a swimming hole than a waterfall attraction found by following the stream after deviating from the Judd Trail.

Return to Maui Itinerary – February 22, 2007 to February 26, 2007

This itinerary of our return visit to Maui took advantage of a couple of things. First, a friend of ours let us use her timeshare in Ka’anapali, which helped alleviate some of the accommodation costs (not cheap in Maui or in the Hawaiian Islands in general)…

“A BLUE Hawaiian Helicopter Experience” (West Maui – February 25, 2007 to February 26, 2007)

Trying to kill time for the next flight I saw a picture book about the Big Island, which was the last major Hawaiian Island we had yet to visit. While I was busy flipping through the pages…

Hipuapua Falls

Hipuapua Falls is one of two major waterfalls at the head of Halawa Valley. It drops 500ft in a different drainage to Moaula Falls so it’s difficult to access.

“Almost on the Wrong End of a Flash Flood” (Hana Highway – February 24, 2007)

This time however, the submerged rocks weren’t visible. I thought this was kind of strange and it immediately became apparent to me that the wide stream had risen…

Twin Falls

Twin Falls is a set of private waterfalls that tends to be popular swimming holes because of how easily accessible they are and how welcoming the owners are.

“Raging Waters in East Maui” (Hana Highway – February 23, 2007)

Having been to the ‘Ohe’o Gulch (or the so-called Seven Sacred Pools) nearly four years ago, it was strange seeing the churning, brownish raging whitewater…