05-MAY-13: Rainbow Falls, Hilo, Hawaii

Rainbow Falls in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii

Rainbow Falls - Hilo, Hawaii (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rainbow Falls – Hilo, Hawaii (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rainbow Falls is located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 feet tall and almost 100 feet in diameter. The falls are part of the Hawaii State Parks. Known in the Hawaiian language as Waiānuenue (literally “rainbow water”), the falls flows over a natural lava cave, the mythological home to Hina, an a Hawaiian goddess.  At Rainbow Falls, the Wailuku River rushes into a large pool below. The gorge is blanketed by lush, dense tropical foliage and the turquoise colored pool is bordered by beautiful wild ginger. The falls are accessed at Wailuku River State Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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26-APR-13: Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii

Hana, Maui

Wai'anapanapa State Park - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Wai’anapanapa State Park – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Waiʻanapanapa State Park is a 122-acre state park in Hana, Maui, Hawaii. It is located at the end of Waiʻanapanapa Road off Hana Highway, 53 miles east of Kahului.

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North to Alaska! I’m an Alaskan Certified Expert!

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I was an Alaskan Certified Expert (ACE)

Alaska

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Certified by the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA)

Map of Alaska!

Alaska became the 49th State on January 3, 1959

“Seward’s Folly”?  Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million ($120 million adjusted for inflation).  Alaska is the largest state in the U.S. by area, measuring 663,268 square miles, and has a longer coastline than all the other states combined.  According to a 1998 report by the US Bureau of Land Management, approximately 65% of Alaska is owned and managed by the Federal Government as public lands.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of Alaska was 731,449 on July 1, 2012.

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