Maunawili Falls

“TOO muddy, slippery- can cause serious falling, easily get lost, if you’re not following someone who knows their way and at the end, the falls is mediocre!¬†The mud is so extreme, you’re so focused on where to put your next step, that you start not enjoying the beautiful surrounding, as you are looking down the entire time, not to mention that you just wanna get to the damn falls, which in your mind at this point should be beautiful, sunny with crystal clear waters right? But, def not., it’s dark muddy water, with no sun, and you ask yourself “I hiked almost 2 hours, could’ve fallen and broken a bone on many occasions through all the rough and muddy trail for this” ? I’m such a sucker!!”[…]

-H A.

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Haleakala National Park

“We were naive and drove up IN THE RAIN and got there 30 mins before sunrise and the sky got lighter and we saw lots of clouds but we didn’t see the sun nor any streaks of orange or pink.. Just grey ūüė¶ ¬† […]¬†

DO NOT COME HERE IF IT IS RAINING. U won’t see the sun!!!”

-Kathy S., Yelp

Papakolea Green Sand Beach

“Please do not waste your time attempting to reach this beach by foot. The view is not worth the hours it would take and the beach is hardly green. A better description of the sand would be black with [brown][…]If you have a sadistic personality disorder and are looking forward to 3 hours of black and dry lava fields then pack plenty of water, sun screen and a gun to blow your brains.”

-Jose O., Yelp

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

“What a shock. What a disappointment. I didn’t see much. I barely saw smoke. I didn’t see any lava black or red. Even with the telescope, I didn’t see lava and the amount of smoke coming out of the volcano was like the amount you’ll see when someone blows out a birthday candle. It was like viewing an empty field ¬†that is ready for construction at a construction site”

David L., Yelp

“Ugh. The only thing more boring than a museum is a national park. ¬†At least in a museum you’re indoors, protected from the elements, and usually there’s at least a cafe that serves booze.¬†I drove two hours, spent $220 on a rental car and $10 admission fee for this?! ¬†Some measly steam vents and a large charred piece of earth? ¬†Where’s the spewing lava? ¬†Where’s the toxic gas? ¬†Where’s the pyroclastic flows? ¬†On the other hand, what else is there to do in Hawaii other than to pretend to enjoy the natural surroundings?”

Paul M., Yelp

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Punalu‚Äôu Black Sand Beach

“It’s got coconut trees, bathrooms, benches, a life guard, and above all turtles just hanging out on the beach.¬†The sand though, this is why it got such a low score.The sand is very coarse. ¬†I’m used to very fine black sand beaches. ¬†This isn’t it. ¬†My feet were pretty raw afterwards. ¬†I had to wear my slippers after a while.”

-Mitch N. Yelp

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