Akaka Falls Hawaii Island
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Akaka Falls is one of the most well known waterfalls on Hawai'i Island. The falls is formed by the Kolekole Stream and plummets over 440 feet to a pool below. A sheer lava cliff behind the falls is cloaked in ferns and mosses. The name Akaka means a 'split', 'split' or 'crack'.
Several very interesting species of aquatic organisms, perhaps unique to the stream and falls. One is the ʻoʻopu ʻalamoʻo, an endemic Hawaiian species of goby fish that spawns in stream above the waterfall, but matures in the sea. These fish have a suction disk on their bellies that allows them to cling to the wet rocks behind and adjacent to the waterfall. Using this disk, they climb back up to the stream when it is time to spawn. There is also a shrimp called the ʻōpaekalaʻole that has also evolved to climb ʻAkaka Falls and live in Kolekole Stream.
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June 14th, 2020
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