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Hilo District (Part 3)



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HONOLII BEACH PARK

The primo surfing and boogie boarding spot on this side of the island. Not recommended for recreational swimming.


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HAWAII TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

One of the most exotic spots in all Hawaii - a beautiful walk through tropical rain forest.

Hamakua Waterfall
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ONOMEA SCENIC DRIVE

A beautiful 4 mile drive (from just before Mile Post 7 to Mile Post 11) that winds through rain forest and past waterfalls, several lookouts and spectacular lava coastline.

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HONOMU

The picturesque plantation town of Honomu is now a quaint storefront village of shops, art galleries and a temple, but was known in the 1940's as "Little Chicago".


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AKAKA FALLS

Walk through a pristine tropical valley to waterfalls tumbling 420 feet in one sheer drop.

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KOLEKOLE BEACH PARK

A rocky beach, too treacherous for swimming, frequented by "expert" boogie boarders and surfers. Beautiful waterfall and swimming hole nearby. Great picnic spot.

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LAUPAHOEHOE TRAIN MUSEUM

A restored station agent's house and train landing in the "old town" of Laupahoehoe offers visitors a look back at a unique railroad heritage.

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HAKALAU FOREST NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the refuge was set aside in 1985 to protect and manage endangered forest birds and their rain forest habitat.

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