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Down To Earth by Sean Jansen

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Kahiwa Falls located on Molokei.
This is is frequently referred to as one of Hawaii’s tallest waterfalls along with Hi`ilawe Falls on the Big Island. It is also frequently confused with nearby Papalaua Falls, but Kahiwa Falls are in Kahiwa Gulch, one drainage to the west. According to the topo maps, Kahiwa Falls is about 660m, or 2165’ in height, not the more commonly claimed 1749’. It is possible that the 1749’ height doesn’t count the last couple of drops, but the photo in the link below clearly shows the falls dropping all the way to the sea.
Author Unknown
Photo taken from Helicopter
Nikon D 300
Nikor 18 – 200 mm lens


  • Yool
    Yoolover 4 years ago

    wow….that is an awesome view Sean :))

  • Thank you ever so kindly Yoo for your wonderful comment. It was indeed an awesome sight to see. The helicopter trip was amazing and saw some very beautiful spots. Thanks again my friend : ))

    – Sean Jansen

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonover 4 years ago

    Amazing sight, isn’t it! I’ve been to Hi’ilawe on the Big Island and it is breathtaking. Looks like you had a wonderful trip, Sean!!

  • Thanks so very much my friend…..this was a spectacular sight to see. Glad you enjoyed and brought back some fond memories. Thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    Incredidble capture Sean…very unique view….

  • Thank you very kindly Janis. The helicopter tour was one of the highlights of the trip. I saw so many beautiful sights and even some whales from the air. Glad you enjoyed this one. Many thanks again !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 4 years ago

    Holy Cow! STUNNING! Bet not many fish make that journey! Love the vibrant green and the shadows. Instant Favorite, Sean!

  • Thanks Barb for your wonderful comment. Dont think many fish spawning up here lol. Appreciate the fave add. Many thanks again : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 4 years ago

    Great shot! thats a long way down

  • Thank you ever so kindly Rick for your awesome comment. That it is a long long long way down. These are amongst the highest seacliffs in the world. Happy to share this with you !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Wow Sean! This is awesome! I am getting dizzy at the height! Fantastic image!

  • Thanks so kindly Robin… was a sight to see and thats not even all of it lol. Appreciated kindly my friend.

    – Sean Jansen

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    A creative, well composed excellent photograph

  • Thank you so very kindly for adding this to your favorites and leaving such a kind comment. Glad I could share this with you. Many thanks again : )

    – Sean Jansen

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    I think you are embracing the islands as a local………..
    livin with aloha brah’
    this is great.,

  • Thanks my friend, I always go back, and see and embrace something new everytime. Didnt have all that much relax around the pool time but did spend a lot of time talking with locals. Even two weeks is not enough time sometimes.

    – Sean Jansen

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...over 4 years ago

    Sweet! What a view this must have been!

  • Thank you so very kindly Jeff for your awesome comment. It was indeed a remarkable view. A deffinate highlight to see. Many thanks again for your wonderful words !!

    – Sean Jansen

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 4 years ago

    OMG!!! This is just spectacular!

  • Thank you ever so kindly Susan for your awesome comment. So glad you enjoyed seeing this one. It was a site to see that is for sure. Greatly appreciated my friend !!

    – Sean Jansen

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