Akaka Falls State Park is 30 minutes north of Hilo, and it’s well worth a trip to view it. There’s a short loop trail through beautiful vegetation to reach a great viewing point, but the 442-foot waterfall is also viewable from the parking lot. Akaka Falls is twice as high as Niagara Falls if that helps give it perspective. The coolest bit of info I learned about the falls is that there is a type of goby fish, ‘o’opu ‘alamo’o, that spawns in streams above the waterfall and matures in the sea. The fish have a suction disk on their bellies which allows them to climb up the rocks behind the waterfall to reach the stream to spawn. Yes, these small fish climb a 442-foot waterfall! Absolutely insane. Take that, salmon.
After enjoying the falls, we stopped in the nearby town of Honomu, where Mr. Ed’s Bakery was open (it was January 1).
They had a delectable array of pastries and treats, and I greatly enjoyed my monkey bread.