Akaka Falls In The Rain

Heavy rains on the windward side of the Big Island are as normal as clouds in the sky.  It isn’t like rain on the mainland when most people grumble and complain about it, here it’s welcome, wanted and needed.  No ice cold rain to freeze you and to say that it is refreshing is an understatement.

As of February, 2015, we are in a mini-drought with very little rain.  This poses a problem with those of us who rely on the rain water for household use as well as the tropical plants who need the rain everyday to stay healthy.  Like all things, it will pass and soon we will be in a ‘normal’ pattern again.

Last winter I stopped by Akaka Falls during a fairly heavy rain and found myself waiting out the downpour for about half an hour before I finally just gave up and headed back to the car.  The output of the falls was pretty spectacular and I’m sure it would have grown even more as the water rushed down Mauna Kea to feed the falls.

Notice the outbreak of smaller falls on the sides due to the smaller streams overflowing their banks.

About Ron Bailey

Ron Bailey is a photographer living and working in Hawaii, USA. Ron worked as the project photographer for the Tomb Restoration Project at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry beginning in 2003, and continues to document the ever changing Yule Quarry, amassing the largest photo/video library in the world of the quarry and holds the exclusive rights to shoot the historic property. His images of Western Colorado show the unique nature of this wild west state and now Ron is photographing the sometimes dangerous wildness of the Big Island, Hawaii. With the 2014 tropical storm, several wind storms and the current lava flow, Old Hawaii is in danger of disappearing on the Big Island. Ron intends to document what he can before it is gone forever.

Posted on February 18, 2015, in Video and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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