November 16, 2007
This scenic waterfall, known as Manawaiopuna Falls, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, is located just north of the ancient volcano that created the island. While this volcano is nameless, the remaining crater walls are referred to as Mount Waialeale ("Rippling Water"). This is the wettest spot on our planet, receiving an annual average of about 460 inches (11,700 mm) over the last 20 years. Manawaiopuna Falls is part of a series of falls that drain the area.
You might recognize this view if you're a Steven Spielberg fan. It's the movie set location where the helicopter landed and delivered Richard Attenborough and others to Jurassic Park in the first of the "Jurassic Park" films. The falls are on private property and are completely inaccessible except by helicopter. The landing pad you see at the base of the falls was built for the movie scene, and the short road at bottom left was built for the Jurassic Park vehicle that took the guests away. This road is only 130 feet (40 m) in length and remains as a reminder of the magic of cinema. This photo was taken from a helicopter during a tour of the island's interior on March 18, 2005.
Related link: Visitor and Community site for the island of Kauai