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Secrets of Hamakua
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Hamakua Explore the famed Hamakua Coast, home to magnificent country reminiscent of “old Hawaii”. Sparsely populated Hamakua is studded with breathtaking waterfalls, stunning valleys, and eccentric towns. Traveling north, first stop at Tex Drive-In, famous for made-to- order malasadas. The Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley is a place of impossibly steep cliffs carved by plunging waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor below.
Waipio Valley is still home to taro farmers as it has been for a thousand years. Turning off the highway we descend into Laupahoehoe Point. Laupahoehoe village was located here until the destruction left behind the 1946 tsunami forced the town to move to higher ground. Next stop at Akaka Falls State Park, the site of the largest easily accessible waterfall on the island. You’ll traverse a paved walking path right through the center of a lush rainforest to Akaka Falls, a stunning 442 foot waterfall that plunges down a sheer cliff and into the water below.
Leaving the highway behind you’ll travel up a bumpy old sugar cane gravel road to a remote waterfall hidden in a tropical rainforest. Spend time here relaxing, swimming in the cool mountain stream under the waterfall, and enjoy a Hawaii-style BBQ lunch complete with complimentary beer and champagne. Complete the day with a shopping stop with Hawaiian mac nut samples, Hawaii Island crafts, local products, Kona coffee and more.
Need to Know:
Note: Participants must be at least 3 years of age. Tour capacity is limited and the order of the itinerary may change. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and bring a swimsuit and towel.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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