|On the west coast of the Big Island of Hawai'i is Kailua-Kona; the main resort area on the island.
Its dry climate allows a sprawl of sandy beaches, lush palms, restaurants and shops. With so much to do, you may actually find yourself getting a litte worn out. We don't want you to get too worn out though; we have some adventuring to do!
•RAINBOW FALLS AND BOILING POTS
HEAVENLY HAMAKUA SUMMARY
PICK UP FROM KOHALA: Your adventure starts early at around 8am Because we feel that the Hamakua coast is best seen going north to south, we'll start our journey by heading to Waimea along the lower Kohala CoastWAIMEA TO LAUPAHOEHOE: The road from Waimea to Laupahoehoe ventures from pines to palms. The rolling green pasture land of Waimea, slowly transitions to the palm and eucalyptus trees that dominate the area. The Old Mamalahoa Highway slowly curves with the land towards Laupahoehoe Bay; once home to the village of Laupahoehoe before being destroyed by the great tsunami of 1946. Despite being a place of great tragedy, Laupahoehoe Bay is a place of great beauty.
LAUPAHOEHOE TO AKAKA FALLS: The Old and New Mamalahoa Highway continues along the Hamakua coast towards Akaka Falls. This portion of the road passes through rolling grassy hills, towering gulches, and narrow jungle roads over creeks and streams. The portion of this trip concludes at towering Akaka Falls. At 422 feet, it is one of the tallest and most stunning waterfalls in the state.
AKAKA FALLS TO HILO: The final portion of our adventure takes us from Akaka Falls to Hilo. This portion of the adventure is dominated by jungle streams and gulches. Not to mention stunning views of the Hamakua coastline. Our last stop will be at beautiful Onomea bay, and a walk through the lush rainforest towards the coast. Once in Hilo, we'll swing by to get a glimpse at Rainbow Falls and the Bolling Pots.
JOURNEY ON SADDLE ROAD BACK TO KOHALA: Saddle Road crests at 6632. What was warm and comfortable in Hilo, will most likely be very chilly and windy near the crest of the road. We will pass through the rain forests of Hilo to the upper lava desert and scrubland of the crest. If conditions permit, you will receive stunning views of our planet's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as glimpses of her neighbor Hualalai. As we approach the end of the road, we will pass near the clouds at crest before going back down towards the Kohala Coast towards Waimea.