Akaka Falls and Honomu

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.

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