When the Waterfall is the Least Dramatic Sight

It’s true, I don’t typically care for waterfalls. Blasphemous? They’re so dependent upon rain for their beauty (although I suppose we all are, so I shouldn’t be fickle); and across the majority of the U.S., if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen em all.

Well, in Hawaii, I was eager to see what the Big Island could offer. People raved about Akaka Falls, and they come with an impressive resume: the highest free-falling waterfall in the state (vs cascading onto different levels); and twice as high as Niagara Falls. Umm, did you say something about Niagara Falls? Nature and I took our relationship to a new level there.

That’s all I needed to hear. Akaka Falls: you and I are about to meet.

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Like most dating profiles, the sites boasting of Akaka Falls only focused on what they thought was the best feature: the falls themselves. They left out the rich detail that makes a person–and a space–special.

To me, the falls were an afterthought. Oh look, there’s water plummeting from very high over yonder. The true joy, nay glee, was on the path through the rainforest en route to the falls lookout.

Over the River and through the Bamboo Forest

NOW I understand why people are obsessed with bamboo. It’s tall and flexible (the way I like my men), rich with color and pattern, and grows densely yet independently (like New Yorkers). Click the pic to advance the slideshow.

Where the Exotic Things Grow

Wild orchids, growing wherever they please–not by intention in the botanical gardens. Leaves exponentially larger than my hands. Blooms that are strong and delicate at the same time (like me). Holy cow, Hawaii, you’re worth the money to come all the way here! Click the pic to advance the slideshow.

More Roots than You Can Shake a Stick At

You always remember your first Banyan tree…

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Would You Like to See the Falls Now?

They ARE pretty. I just liked everything else better.

Akaka Falls Hawaii

Akaka Falls Hawaii


Are you a waterfall person?
Let’s measure your interest: would you hike through mud to see a waterfall? (assuming you have the physical capability to do so)

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Paula: Beautiful photos…your pictures are as wonderful as your prose as you describe what you have seen…keep it up.

June – thank you. That means a lot to me!


I guess the sheer grandeur of aome of the world’s falls just makes me feel good.



And was that an Airplane! reference? πŸ™‚

Debbie – i would love to say that i referenced Airplane, but if I did, it was unintentional, and a missed opp! Which line?


So I may have had the quote a little off in my head, but here’s the scene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEVTQHiAQRA πŸ™‚

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