'Opaeka'a Falls ( Kauai, Hawaii, United States)
Also known as the "Garden Isle," Kauaʻi ([kɐˈwɐʔi] in Hawaiian) is the oldest and fourth largest of the main Hawaiian Islands. Legend has it that Hawaiʻiloa, the Polynesian navigator who discovered the Hawaiian Islands, named it after his favorite son.
According to Kauai.com, "Like the other islands, Kauai was initially inhabited roughly 1500 years ago by the same Polynesian adventurers who completed their nearly 2000 mile sea voyage on outrigger canoes when they first landed on the shores of the big island of Hawaii. Here they stayed undisturbed for around 500 years, until a second wave of sea-canoe travelers appeared, this time from Tahiti (which was also originally settled by Polynesian sea-canoe explorers). It was from the Tahitian arrival that the current Hawaiian gods, belief structures and many traditions evolved."
ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls is a 46-metre high waterfall located on the eastern side of Kauai. Its water flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions that are millions of years old.
The name ʻŌpaekaʻa means "rolling shrimps" and harks back to a time when native freshawater shrimps (Atyoida bisulcata) abounded in the stream and could be seen rolling and tumbling down the falls.
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