The northeastern side of the Big Island offers fertile valleys, tropical rainforests and botanical gardens. Some of the island’s most stunning waterfalls can also be found in this region. At Akaka Falls State Park, take a short hike through the rainforest to admire the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the towering 442-foot Akaka Falls. Near downtown Hilo, Wailuku River State Park is where you’ll find the 80-foot Rainbow Falls – where rainbows are seen among its mist.
Hilo is the largest town on the island and home to Hilo International Airport. Spend a day in this charming town to find the farmers market, museums, art galleries and centuries-old storefronts. Visit the nation’s only rainforest zoo and learn more about the history of the area at the Lyman Museum.
A scenic drive along the Hamakua Coast boasts one of the most beautiful landscapes on the island. Take the scenic Hamakua Heritage Corridor from Hilo to the sacred Waipio Valley Lookout and witness the breathtaking panoramic views. Waipio Valley was once an important center for political and religious life in Hawaii – take a guided tour to explore the hidden wonders and legends of this special place.