66 Long Cascade, Hamakua Coast, Hawaii

(Image,July 2003. © 2005 M. Childers) 

Look closely at the central ridge of this mountain north of the Wiapio Valley on the Hamakua Coast. The dark line about halfway up the ridge is the only trail into one of the most remote places on the Big Island. The trail will take a good hiker about three days to traverse from the Waipio Valley through the Waimanu, Honokane Nui, Honokane Iki, and Honopu’e valleys to the Pololu Valley in the Kohala. Once the domain of great Hawaiian kings, these valleys lost their population to easier lifestyles elsewhere on the island, afforded by twentieth-century progress.

This long cascade is simply one of hundreds of spectacular watercourses streaming down the steep walls of this difficult and awesome paradise.
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