The Big Island has its share of fabulous beaches, no doubt, but first the fresh water highlights!


For fresh water stick to the windward side of the island where average rainfall is 126 inches a year. We decided to explore north of the city of Hilo and were treated to some beautiful lush scenery. We stopped at Akaka Falls for a short hike before deciding that we needed to find out where its fresh water meets the salty ocean.

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Finding a handy rope handing from the rock ledge above the water basin, we went for a swing and a swim. Refreshing!

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Where the fresh water meets the ocean.

We then drove some of the older roads that used to be the only way to get around before the highway was built. Absolutely stunning! Get off the main thoroughfare to get a taste of “old Hawaii”.


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