Akaka Falls: More than just another roadside attraction on Hawaii Big Island
Stairways, bridges, and paved sections make for easy going. If you show up in the morning, say before 10, you’ll have the place mostly to yourself.
Hamakua is the lush coast of the Big Island, with many streams and valleys, with jungly sections of the Old Mamalahoa Highway that offer opportunities for side trips—rugged coves, beach parks, and old sugar-shack towns. You can also take roads up the mountain (the ‘lower’ slopes of Mauna Kea) to vast forest reserves. This isn’t the coast for a day at the beach—surfing, yes, but swimming, no) but Hamakua is dripping with eye candy.
Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer has the details on Hamakua’s hidden attractions, on pages 169 to 176.