Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees on Maui, Hawaii

detailed bark on rainbow eucalyptus tree
Bark detail of a Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree
Rainbow eucalyptus trees are a sight to see with your own eyes.  Their unreal colors made me think someone had photoshopped a little too much when I first saw pictures.  Then I saw the real thing and learned that these trees really are fluorescent green, bold orange and deep brown.  I only know of their existence in Hawaii and they are difficult to find there.

On Maui, you can see these beauties on the road to Hana.  Some of our sitting next to the road.  You cannot really stop to see them because of the traffic.  A great place to experience them close up, away from the traffic is the Ke'anae Arboretum.  There is a small sign on the road and a place to pull off.  A paved pathway goes into the forest.  Informative signs can teach you about many different plans but the ones that are most interesting to me are the rainbow eucalyptus trees.  A pleasant 10 minute walk brings you to a small grove of rainbow eucalyptus trees.  There are probably 20 of them total.  Their beautiful, colorful and peaceful.

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rainbow eucalyptus trees
Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees
Maui jungle forest of rainbow eucalyptus trees
Rainbow Eucalyptus Grove of Trees

Lava Rock and Jungle

Pahoa lava rock is being overtaken by the jungle
Near Pahoa, Big Island
This just caught my eye while I wandered along the coast near Pahoa, Big Island of Hawaii.  The lava rock is so acutely jagged but somehow produces fertile soil for the jungle to thrive.  This process  happens at a speed we don't normally witness on the Big Island.  I got down low with tripod to include all the elements you see here. 

Hamakua Ditch Trail

hamakua ditch trail to overlook
Hamakua Ditch trail leads to this viewpoint
The Hamakua ditch trail is also called the White Road trail.  It begins at the end of White Road on the Big Island of Hawaii.  After you walk around a water tank, you will enter into a lush jungle.  This is a beautiful hike.  It is quite easy.  After about 20 minutes, you come to the edge of an enormous valley.  You are on top looking down into Waipio Valley.  I have seen photos when the waterfalls are pouring off the cliffs.  On my visit, the skies were fairly clear and we did not see any waterfalls.  Nevertheless it is a beautiful view and certainly worth your time.

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White Road trail on Big Island of Hawaii: Hidden Waterfall

Hawaii Big Island Waterfall
Koiawe Waterfall along the White Road Trail
On the Big Island there is a wonderful hike to an overlook into the interior of Waipio Valley.  This hike is definitely worthwhile.  It is easy and provides a spectacular view.  Along this hike, there is a small detour, just north of the stream crossing.  Follow a faint pink trail for about 60 seconds, you come to this hidden waterfall.  Even though it is extremely close, it is well hidden.  Please explore and you will find this lovely gem.

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