By Yvonne Blackwood
People have always been fascinated with waterfalls—the thunderous roar of water cascading or plunging off a cliff, or over rocks, its uniformity, its white foaming beauty, its never-ending flow. Waterfalls can be voluminous like the famous Niagara Falls, or skinny, measuring only a couple feet across. But no matter their size, height, or volume, we still view waterfalls with awe.
When I gawk at a waterfall two questions always flow through my mind: How long has it been plunging off the same cliff, or over the same rocks? Will it continue to cascade/plunge forever? Of course, these are questions we cannot answer. Nature has a mind of its own and can disrupt anything at anytime. But humans seem to be the greater disruptor. Damming up rivers and diverting the flow of water are ways they have lessened the impact of waterfalls.
Above are two views of The Akaka Falls in Hawaii (The Big Island). It is by no means voluminous; however, it certainly grabbed my attention. Located slightly off the beaten path, surrounded by fauna that is lush and green, Akaka Falls is skinny and steep, and plunges 442 ft off a cliff into a pool below.