Lush Rain Forests and roaring waterfalls cascading down the steep valley canyons, as the rugged coastline drops precipitously to the North East Pacific, and facing the prevailing Trade Winds, a breeze cools the brow. Tiny hamlets, like a string of pearls, greet each turn and bend in the drive, stop for a local-style "plate lunch" (with TWO scoops rice!).
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riving north west on Hwy. #19
just outside of Hilo you will begin to travel
along the Hamakua Coast. Watch for the "4-mile
scenic drive" sign on the right, if you have
the time you will enjoy the drive and you may
wish to stop at the Botanical Gardens on the left
if it's a nice day. Next, heads up for Akaka
Falls, (left turn at sign) no trip is complete
without seeing these beautiful falls, takes about
1 hour (bring mosquito repellent). Further along
Highway 11 you will come to the turnoff, (on the
left) to Kalopa Park, another great spot for
picnicking or just enjoying the cool forest
vegetation and wildlife.
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