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Akaka Falls in Honamu, just north of Hilo Holei Sea Arch, in The Volcanos National Park A small sweet fruit at our house.Available about half the year. Hawaii is abundant in Hibiscus, all colors. Makes a good tea. Staghorn fern curl(about 1 inch high)
Wonderful free entertainment, island wide. Kaloli Point near our Vacation Rental Want fresh coconut? typical old Hawaiian house Typical jungle scene
These blossoms are on many of the bushes
surrounding my house. Many cruise ships enter Hilo and Kona harbors A rainbow in Hawaii is something special! A scene from our neighborhood. Sunsets in Kona are the best in the world!!
The most
active volcano in the world, Kiluea 15 miles from us,the World's clean air standard is measured here. Use common sense and viewing lava close up-NO
PROBLEM Famous the world over, Hilo's Merrie Monarch Hula Festival Hamakua Coastal drive North of Hilo

Since we love gardens, here are a few close by!

Located a mile from Hilo Harbor on the way to King's Landing; 1/4 mile from Onekahakaha Beach Park, is Hilo Tropical Gardens.
Hilo Tropical Gardens was established in 1948 by En Loy Kong. The plantings in this 2-acre garden feature orchids, anthuriums, and other tropical ornamental plants. The garden is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday (closed Thursday and Sunday) from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Tours are self-guided; all pathways are paved and are wheelchair accessible. Entrance fee of $2.00 per person; there is no charge for children under 12 years old.

Pua Mau Place Arboretum and Botanical Garden opened in October 2000. It is a 45-acre desert garden and a major focus of the garden is the use of ever-blooming woody plants in an arid Hawaiian environment. The garden features a "hibiscus maze" with over 200 different varieties of hibiscus as well as spectacular views. The plants are marked and an information booklet with plant names and descriptions is available. Garden hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday, except holidays. Self-guided tours are available. Recommended donations are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children and $7.00 for seniors.Kohala Coast: call 808 882-0888 for directions

Umauma Falls World Botanical Gardens has been open since July 1995 and contains more than 5,000 plant species. Major features include a rainforest walk and Umauma Falls, a 3-tiered 300-foot waterfall. The gardens are open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Admission is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for teens. There is no admission charge for children 12 and under. Hamakua Coast, well marked exit(s) you can't miss it!

***********Vacation Tips:

What to bring:

The regular beach things, and add shampoo to your beach bag; many beaches have showers and salt water in your hair can get to be a sticky mess!

Rain pancho for water falls or umberella--tropical rain forests experience morning and evening showers most of the time. Hilo is the wettest city in the US, we ENJOY 150 inches of rain per year. And that is one of the reasons we keep getting written up as one of the 10 most beautiful places to vacation in the world--2003 Big Island was ranked #4, but who's counting? Showers bring flowers!

Off or some other repellant when hikeing through jungle areas! Or YOU might be lunch!

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