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Hilo, Hawaii

The Palms Cliff House Inn

For our time on the east side of the Big Island, we stayed at The Palms Cliff House Inn, a B&B just north of Hilo.

early sunrise

Sunrise comes up early on the east side.


As do the Gold Dust Day Geckos.

Gold dust day gecko

How cute are these guys?!?

breakfast patio

We enjoyed our breakfast on a lovely patio overlooking the bay. After breakfast, the first day, we explored the volcanoes and the tropical forests.

tree tunnel

Including another tree tunnel – so gorgeous!

East Side Hawaii

The east side is the tropical side of the Big Island and it receives over 125-inches of rain a year.

waves crashing

Hilo is said to still be old-style Hawaii – where the native Hawaiians live. More relaxed and much less touristy than the west side, where all the beaches and resorts are.

Akaka Falls State Parks

I can see that. I loved Hilo, but then again, I’m not a beach, white sands, sun and fun sort of person. There aren’t as many beaches on this side, the shoreline is often difficult to access. But it is so much more beautiful!

akaka sign

Give me the tropical forests and a boatload of waterfalls and I’m a happy camper. We walked the half-mile loop footpath through the Akaka Falls State Park.

caneman on stairs

Well, I walked it. Dave hobbled along with his cane.


As always, he was a good sport about it. And by the next day, his Achilles tendonitis had cleared up, and he was cane-free for the rest of the trip.

small fall

But I can’t make fun, because I’m still using my doughnut cushion, as I sit and type this in San Francisco, a week after returning home. This too shall pass.

Kamaee Falls

There are several falls in the park.

small double fall

But the big payoff, at the end of the loop, is the Akaka Fall

Akaka Falls


Happy Sunday.

Next Post – The most luxurious hotel I’ve ever been to – pure indulgence… stay tuned.

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1 Marissa { 06.09.13 at 8:23 AM }

Love all the waterfalls!!

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