Road trip along the Hamakua coast, Travel Photo Mondays #27

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Road trip along the Hamakua coast, Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling



Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Road leading up to Akaka Falls


Today, let’s go visit another beautiful area along the Hamakua coastline on the Big Island. We are taking one of my  favorite road trips through Highway 19 and detouring through the scenic road leading Mauka (uphill) to Akaka Falls and the picturesque town of Honomu.


Road trip along the Hamakua coast

A small waterfall at the Akaka botanical park


The recent rains have made the waterfalls at Akaka falls huge, so I wanted to take a detour and visit the falls along with walking around the gorgeous botanical garden surrounding the waterfalls. It’s quite lush with huge tropical plants, bamboo groves and aromatic scents of gardenia, plumerias and wild ginger everywhere. It almost looks like a scene from Jurrassic Park except that this is a paved trail leading around the park to the main waterfalls with stunning panoramic views of the falls and canyons.







Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Akaka Falls



Along the drive to Akaka falls you can stop and view many scenic locations of the countryside like the horses in this pastureland just along the side of the road. It’s a perfect spot to stop, enjoy the horses (they love apples) and takc some sweet photos like below – don’t you agree?


Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Gorgeous pasture land at Akaka Falls



Or, how about stopping for some coconuts at this fruit stand, lots of tropical fruits to sample here,  in the mood for just picked pineapples from the farm?


Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Fruit stands with fresh coconuts


Afterwards, lets stop at the small plantation town of Honomu and look for some snacks, and check out some of the galleries and shops in town. The colors and design of the buildings are quite bold and attractive don’t you think?



Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Ice cream break in Honomu town






Bargain aloha shirts for sale!

Honomu and Sarong Heaven



Want to pick up a cheap Aloha shirt or a sarong in Honomu, plenty of choices and the prices are really good!


Road trip along the Hamakua coast

Bargain aloha shirts for sale!





Bargain aloha shirts for sale!

Turtle love in Honomu

These road trips are fun to do just around your neighborhood, in my case along the Hamakua coastline – it’s a perfect place to enjoy the day and see paradise in many facets. Thanks so much for coming to visit Travel Photo Mondays and taking this road trip along the Hamakua coast in East Hawaii. Come and enjoy some of these other bloggers from around that world showing you some beautiful imagery.


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28 Responses to Road trip along the Hamakua coast, Travel Photo Mondays #27

  1. Cassie March 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    Travel planning! Just booked a place in Pahoa. Can’t wait to see you guys!

  2. Jess January 16, 2014 at 7:16 pm #

    It looks so bright and cheerful! I could use some of that right now. And I really want some fresh pineapple.

  3. NatureFootstep Travel January 15, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    I´ve been on Big Island once. about ten years ago. Teh trip was mainly about the volcanos and rockformations. But I loved it.

  4. Bob R January 14, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Nice variety of images. And it was very nice to see that bargains can be found in Hawaii. 🙂

  5. Carmen January 14, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Beautiful pictures from the island of Hawaii. It’s one of the few places that I haven’t been too yet. Hopefully, one day. Thanks for inviting me to join your Travel Monday link up.

  6. frankaboutcroatia January 14, 2014 at 4:28 am #

    Noel, thanks for inviting me to join your Travel Photo Mondays. Love the idea. Your photos are awesome, and I am nowhere close. Beautiful photo of the road leading up to Akaka Falls. Also the colors of the buildings in Honomu town are really pretty and vibrant.

    • Noel January 14, 2014 at 7:17 am #


      Most of the contributors aren’t expected to post anything amazing, it’s their typical posts, so don’t worry and jump right in!

  7. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey January 14, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Now that’s what I call a neighbourhood! Thanks for linking up with us, sorry I dont have a photo post to link back to this week myself.

    • Noel January 14, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      no problem, come and join us next week, and really the posts/images don’t have to be anything beyond your typical posts

  8. Lunaguava January 13, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Your neighborhood puts most places I know to shame – such stunning scenery! Love the lush nature photos. Good luck!

  9. Jesh StG January 13, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    Amazing angle of the road, Noel! Those turtle decorations on the wall are inspiring, and as always beautiful landscape!

  10. A Southern Gypsy January 13, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Love these photos…especially the horse one! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler!

    • Noel January 13, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      Thanks for the comment, come and link up with us today also 🙂

  11. Suzanne Fluhr January 13, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Noel, your beautiful photos are seriously making me look forward even more (if that’s possible) to our upcoming 2 month stay in your gorgeous state.

    • Noel January 13, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Yes get out of Waikiki and tour the island and for that matter, check out all other islands…maybe we can finally meet in person if you visit the Big Island Suzanne.

  12. Samantha @mytanfeet January 13, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Love love love all these photos! The big waterfall is beautiful but the little ones look absolutely charming.

  13. Catherine January 13, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Beautiful images… thank you for the feast of colors and magnificent landscapes on a cold winter day! Wish I could be sitting there with an ice cream cone too 🙂

  14. Rachel M January 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm #

    Excellent shots, amazing vibrant colors!

    What camera model do you use?

  15. Life Images by Jill January 12, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    I am always up for a road trip. Love the views and also the details in the towns.

  16. muzachan January 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm #

    Great place to visit…

  17. Jerome Shaw January 12, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    What a scenic drive. I love the waterfall photo. That is a very impressive waterfall. Thanks for taking me on photo tour of The Big Island, you made me remember it has been far too long since I visited.


  18. Rajesh January 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Beautiful waterfalls.

  19. Marilyn Armstrong January 12, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Amazing, rich colors … especially good to see on a cold day in January.

  20. Mary {The World Is A Book} January 12, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    You have the most scenic neighborhood road trip, Noel. It’s absolutely beautiful and especially Akaka Falls in all its glory. We never got around to doing this area of the Big Island and I can see I missed a lot. That’s my kind of hike – with a paved trail surrounded by tropical scents. Stunning photos! I’m inspired to really think about hitting the Big Island this year 🙂

  21. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse January 12, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    I’m happy to have something to share again! I’ve been reading your blog and marvelling at your pictures even though I had nothing to share in December.


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