Sunday, October 2, 2016

Hilo Area

Rainbow Falls
Anxious to see more of this area, we head out to explore. Although Hilo is a college town, life here seems to move at a slower pace. The buildings look like what I can imagine a hippie filled, California beach town looking like in the 60's. The streets are filled with yoga studios, book stores, coffee shops, health food stores, and a couple of surf shops. The air is mixed with the smell of salt water and asphalt. People walking the streets are not in a hurry or seem to have a care in the world.

Jean recommended Rainbow falls, less than five minutes away. We notice it is also located right next door to Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home where Dad is staying. What a nice coincidence. Since we can't get in to see Dad until tomorrow, I slather on my Terra Shield and we head for the falls.

The parking lot of the falls is scattered with a few chickens and cats that look as though they have coexisted here their entire life. Stepping out of the car, we can hear the sound of the waterfall crashing down. Not more than ten feet from our car we can see the top of Rainbow Falls. Wow! Now this is what I think of when I think of Hawaii. Although, most waterfalls require a hike through the jungle to see, this one is close at hand. Even someone in a wheelchair could enjoy these majestic falls.

Tinker Bell's home
Below the falls is a cave said to be where King Kamehameha buried the bones of his father. After staring in awe for several minutes, we take the trail to the left that takes us to the top of the falls. Midway up, we meander off to the left and are greeted by the largest banyan tree I have ever seen. If the girls were here, they would swear this is where Tinker Bell and all of the fairies lived.

Rock hopping Heaven

Continuing back on the trail, we come to the top of the falls. Childhood memories of rock hopping through the Cimarron Canyon fill my head as I stare out over the river that pours into the falls, A smile stretches across my face as I take in the beauty of my surroundings. God is Amazing!

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