It’s a rare morning to see the top of Mt . Wai’ale’ale! Being one of the wettest spots on Earth, it is often shrouded in clouds. The mountain is an ancient volcanic crater and a sacred site in Hawaiian culture. Mt. Wai’ale’ale, means “rippling water” or “overflowing water” in the Hawaiian language and has an average annual rainfall of 450 inches. During one of our frequent rain storms, the mountain is covered with hundreds of waterfalls, which flow into the Wailua River and down to the ocean.
The view in this photo is taken from the Pihana-kalani Trail, “where heaven touches earth”, overlooking Nana Kaua pond on the Wailua River, surrounded by towering Albesia trees. The bottomless pond is thought to be an ancient lava tube.