After we said our goodbyes to the North Shore, we took an island hopper flight over to The Big Island to stay in Hilo for a few nights. Originally we were supposed to visit the Volcano National Park but because of the government shutdown we weren’t able to go. No worries though! Hilo was full of super fun things for us to do!!
One of my favorite adventures was a totally unplanned stop on our way up to Akaka Falls. There was a teenie tiny trail head on the side of the road with a stunning view. So we pulled over to take some shots and decided to head down the trail a bit. I’m so glad we did! There were little hidden beaches, mini waterfalls, and plenty of ocean views. If you’re looking for this secret spot, it’s about 1 mile South of the Hawaiian Botanical Garden entrance. Just keep your eyes peeled for a small trail head sign just before one of the bigger curves in the road.
Tip: Do this hike before buying your tickets to the botanical garden. Once you’re a ticket holder, you can’t do this hike for insurance reasons. Also, bring some water shoes. You’ll be walking across a few streams and things you won’t want to miss out on!