Now that we’ve completed the 50 Facts about the 50th State series, let’s revive the Hawaii in Contrasts series by looking at what a difference rain makes to Hawaii’s waterfalls. You may find this difficult to believe, but the following photos are of the same waterfall – Pe’epe’e Falls and Boiling Pots in Hilo on the Big Island. The photos were captured from slightly different vantage points, but I promise they photos are of the same waterfall.
This first photo shows Pe’epe’e Falls on a “normal” day when there hasn’t been a heavy rainfall. We took this photo in April, 2008.
We captured this next photo of Pe’epe’e Falls in April 2004, after a heavy rainfall.
Rain makes quite a contrast, doesn’t it?
While we’re on this topic of rain and waterfalls, it’s probably a great time to remind you that you need to be careful around streams when there’s rain in Hawaii. Flash floods can occur with very little warning. So, do keep a safe distance around streams and waterfalls. Be sure and read these additional safety tips for visiting Hawaii’s waterfalls.