Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls State Park, Big Island

Located about 11 miles (18 km) north of Hilo, Akaka Falls State Park (see more photos) is a popular visitor attraction. The state park is home to Akaka Falls, a 422-foot (129 m) cascade. The waterfall can be seen from several lookout points along a paved loop trail that leads through the park.

Another waterfall in the park is the 100-foot (30 m) tall Kahuna Falls, which you'll come across first. The fact that Akaka Falls is easily accessible and the hike takes less than an hour (it is a pleasant 0.4 mile uphill hike) makes it one of the most popular waterfalls on the Big Island (along with Rainbow Falls in Hilo).

Admission: $5 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. No charge for Hawaii residents.

Akaka Falls Overview

  • See two beautiful waterfalls on one short hike
  • Loop trail leads through lush vegetation, such as wild orchids, ferns and bamboo
  • 0.4-mile (0.6 km) loop path

Highway 220, Honomu HI 96728
Directions: Located at the end of Highway 220, about 3 miles (4.8 km) inland from Honomu.

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Reviews and Comments:
Akaka Falls is a spectacular place. Beautiful botanical specimens and not too difficult a trek but if you are afraid of heights or sheer drop offs you might have a hard time .
Leslie Heizman, Tue Jul 05, 2016
This park is a botanical delight, and the waterfall is spectacular. The part walk can be strenuous with stairs down and up, so take the time to enjoy the remarkable gardenia-like fragrance of the Plumeria, sweet honeysuckle, and a myriad other less discernible fragrances along the path.
Maribeth C. Yarnell, Thu Aug 01, 2013
This was a bit of a drive up a hill to get to then a bit of a walk down a hill but not a huge one it was fairly easy going if you enjoy walks but it was wonderful site at the end well worth the trip. Going back wasnt too tough lots of people were there when we went, but paths were fairly wide not little tracks so easy to get by people.
Suzanne Sutton, Thu May 03, 2012