One of the places we love to visit on the Big Island is the Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls Tropical Gardens and waterfalls overlook near the city of Hilo. The gardens consist of a three and three quarter mile road through former sugar land, lush with bamboo-filled woods and vegetation and featuring not one but two incredible waterfalls, Kakuna Falls and Akaka Falls, both plunging approximately four hundred feet. The circular loop to the Falls takes about twenty minutes as you ample over streams through a tropical rainforest on your way to the Falls. The only change I've noticed in the past twenty years in visiting these falls is that now there is a five dollar per person entry fee when formerly Hawaii prided itself on never having to charge anyone for viewing its natural resources. It's certainly well worth the price of admission but sad none the less.