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Rainbow Falls

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  • Day71

    Rainbow Falls & no Manua Kea

    September 1 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

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    After a delicious Hawaiian smoothie for breakfast, we went to the middle of the island towards Manua Kea and Rainbow Falls. Once again a great waterfall located super close to the road 🙉 - well the roads here can be counted on two hands 😅. But simply great! Island feeling times 1.000.
    We drove to Manua Kea, almost at the access road we noticed that many Hawaiians had pitched tents here - it looked almost like a street party. After an eternity standing at a red traffic light, we realized that we couldn't turn onto the access road to Manua Kea. We pulled over and googled what was going on. They are protests against a telescope on the holy Manua Kea going on right now! And they've been going for a few weeks now. Too bad for us 🙁 thus we could only observe the huge volcano from a distance and the lava down by the road 🗻.

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    Nach einem köstlichen hawaiiianischen Smoothie zum Frühstück, ging es für uns in die Mitte der Insel Richtung Manua Kea und Rainbow Falls. Wiedereinmal ein toller Wasserfall direkt an der Straße 🙉 - gut die Straßen hier kann man an zwei Händen gefühlt abzählen 😅. Aber einfach toll! Inselfeeling hoch 1.000.
    Danach fuhren wir zum Manua Kea, fast an der Zufahrtsstraße angekommen stellten wir fest, dass da viele Hawaiianer Zelte aufgeschlagen hatten - fast wie ein Straßenfest sah es aus. Nach einer Ewigkeit an einer roten Ampel, stellten wir fest, dass wir nicht auf die Zufahrt zum Manua Kea abbiegen konnten. Wir fuhren ran und googleten, was da los ist. Es sind Proteste gegen ein Teleskop auf dem heiligen Manua Kea! Und die gehen schon seit einige Wochen. Schade für uns 🙁 so konnten wir den riesigen Vulkan nur von weitem beobachten und das Lava unten an der Straße beobachten 🗻.
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  • Day313

    Hilo

    April 20 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute fahren wir von Waikoloa zu unserer nächsten Unterkunft in der Nähe von Hilo. Da der letzte Ausbruch des Vulkans auf Big Island erst ca. ein halbes Jahr her ist, sind auf dieser Strecke kaum intakte Bäume zu sehen. Der Weg führt durch abgebrannten und von Lava überschütteten Wald und ausgetrocknete Felder. Weiter östlich wird es wieder etwas grüner und tropischer und wir halten noch an den Peepee Falls und Rainbow Falls. Da der Fluss sehr reißend ist und es gelegentlich zu Flash Floods kommen kann, können wir uns hier leider nicht erfrischen.

    Wir fahren weiter bis nach Hilo und gucken uns etwas die Stadt an, die uns etwas an die Surfer-Öko-Stadt Raglan in Neuseeland erinnert. Viele kleine Geschäfte, Snackbars und Restaurants reichen sich an der Promenade aneinander. Wir kaufen noch etwas lokales Obst und Gemüse auf dem Farmers Market bevor wir uns auf den Weg zu unserer Unterkunft machen. Da auch Hawai'i kein Schnäppchen ist, schlafen wir die nächsten drei Nächte auf einem Campingplatz mitten im Regenwald in zwei Hängematten.
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  • Day14

    Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes national park

    September 24 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Last night we had quite the symphony of I don’t know what bugs, frogs and others chanting us to sleep. They provide earplugs at the Inn if it’s too distracting. I was tired enough from the day, so I quickly fell asleep. What did wake me up in the middle of the night was a very powerful rainstorm. The rain hitting the roof was very loud. I eventually went back to sleep until the roosters starting competing to wake me up.

    Today we visit a town called Hilo which is on the eastern side of Big Island. Before we start with our tour guide James, we take a small detour to go visit the macadamia nut company Mauna Loa nuts and see one of their farms here. There have about 250,000 trees at this one. That’s a lot of nuts. We quickly visit as they mostly want to sell high priced items to bring back home. We did not buy anything but quickly visited the factory from windows outside.

    Once that is done, James starts us off by passing at Rainbow falls 🌈 💦. They say that when the sun is right, the mist will magically create a lovely rainbow behind the falls. Today is not the day for us, there sun is currently hiding. Near the falls we get to see amazing Banyan trees. These trees are extremely wide. As they grow, roots come down from the branches and turn into other trucks. The tree ends up looking like many trunks merged together. Mature trees can be up to 150 feet wide. They are very interesting to look at and have a extremely large canopy of leaves at the top.

    We are then directed to visit the Boiling Pots. These pools of “boiling” water, the turbulence gives the illusion, are what feeds the Rainbow falls. There is a Hawaiian story around the pots and the falls but I forget all the details. I remember that Maui a Demi god wanted to save his mother Pele. She was trapped behind the falls by a giant lizard. The lizard was hiding in the water so Maui had the water boil so he would come out. It worked. Once caught, the lizard was transformed into a rock and placed under the falls which to this day is being beaten by the water as punishment.

    We now head over to Kaumana Caves, this place is a Lava tube of 25 miles long. We head in with our headlamp and go in about 500m. We decide to turn off our lights. 😳 Wow, this is a weird feeling, I can’t see anything. It is so dark that it makes me feel unnerved. I know that there is nothing to worry about but my brain is finding it impossible. On our way out we meet a group going in. I suggest that they try turning their lights off as we did. 30 seconds later, we see them coming back out. I thought they were afraid to go any further but unfortunately one of the girls hit her head badly and is bleeding from the top of her head. Someone calls an ambulance to come get her. We decide to leave as everything seems under control. When we left she seemed better but will probably need stitches.

    We find a place for lunch and revisit our plan for the afternoon. The sun has come out. James tells us that it rains on average 22 days a month here. We decide to go up to visit the volcano. We head up the road, there is an accent of about 1.2 km in altitude. The temperature goes down as we drive up. It’s about 20C so it’s perfect for me.

    We enter the national park and go hiking to visit the crater. We are not able to go all the way in as the land has changed since 2018. The Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanos are the only one still active in Hawaii. The Kilauea eruption in 2018 caused the landscape to change and there are instabilities that are still being evaluated before they re-open certain areas of the park.

    It’s interesting to see the crater, the lava rock is very brittle and airy. When you walk on it there is a distinct crushing and cracking sound. As we walk around the crater we also get to see steam coming out of the ground. The sulfur smell is thankfully barely perceptible.

    After our hike, we are guided to drive down the « Chain of Craters » road. On this road we get to see the various lava flows that have occurred over time. There are signs with the year of the lava flows. Once at the bottom, we are back at sea level. The wind here is pretty strong, the waves are hitting the dried lava causing the water to go very high in the air. I would estimate 100 feet. Quite impressive.

    We finish the park by going back up the way we came down as there is no other way. We descend back to Hilo. I almost don’t touch the gas pedal for 30 minutes. We have dinner at a nice local place where I have the « local plate » which usually includes Pork Kalau, beef Teriyaki, Jasmine rice, macaroni salad. There are variations of this in many places. It enjoyed it very much.
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  • Day12

    Rainbow Falls

    August 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 27 °C

    Von den Boiling Pots aus fahren wir ein kurzes Stück dem Wailuku-River entlang weiter und gelangen zu den Rainbow🌈 Falls. Aufgrund der fortgeschrittenen Uhrzeit, machen sie ihrem Namen aber keine Ehre. Dazu hätten wir morgens hier sein müssen. Dann steht die Sonne im richtigen Winkel, um Regenbögen in die Gischt des auftreffenden Wassers zu zaubern.

    Aber auch ohne Regenbogen ist der Wasserfall schön anzusehen.
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  • Day11

    Rainbow falls

    September 18, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    On route to my highlight of today I passed by some nice waterfalls which are, according to their name, producing rainbows. And so they did!

    Ah, and just as I turned around I saw that awesome, mighty tree which grown all over the place... :)

  • Day1

    Rainbow Falls

    January 19, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We booked a tour with Arnott's Lodge to drive up to the summit of Mauna Kea. The first stop was Rainbow Falls. As you can see, the falls were beautiful and the banyan tree was the biggest banyan we'd ever seen. We had a mother and daughter and another couple on the tour with us and they had all seen Rainbow Falls already so we hopped out and did a quick tour before heading back to the van.Read more

  • Day4

    Being happy @Rainbow Falls

    October 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    A little rainbow and a huuge tree as a starter. Exploration of this islands is starting!
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