Kapoloa Falls, Big Island

Kapoloa Falls (see photos) is a well-hidden secret of the Big Island, nestled deep in Pololu Valley on the North Kohala coast. With a cascade approaching 500 feet (152 m), Kapoloa is literally a wall of water resounding with the sheer power of nature. One can hear the rumble of the falls from afar, and as you come closer, you can feel the ground vibrating.

To get to the waterfall, you have to join a tour group led by a hiking guide because the trail passes through private property. But the hike is well worth it. You’ll be able to see the waterfall up close and even stand right behind it. The waterfall initially plunges 300 feet (91 m), cascades across the trail and then drops another 200 feet (61 m). It’s quite a unique sight. The lush Pololu Valley offers gorgeous views as well.

Once you reach the lookout point, you’re standing about 1,000 feet (305 m) above the Pololu Valley floor. The hike is about three hours, but the entire tour, including the time it takes to get there, is about six to seven hours. One hiking tour provider to the waterfall is Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Kapoloa Falls Overview

  • Spectacular 500-foot (152 m) waterfall in Pololu Valley
  • Trail passes through private land, so you have to come with a tour group or get permission from the landowners
  • Minimum age for hiking tour is 8 years

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