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Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

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Must see · Waterfall · State Park
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Experience lush vegetation and towering waterfalls at Akaka Falls State Park. Set out on the paved footpath just off the parking lot for a loop through the park. On this easy, 0.6 km (0.4 mi) walk, you can see tropical plants and stop at viewpoints for two waterfalls, Kahūnā and Akaka. At Akaka Falls, watch water plummet 129 m (422 ft) into a stream-eroded gorge. Consider bringing some bug spray to ward off mosquitos. Plan to visit Akaka Falls State Park during your Hilo vacation using our convenient Hilo travel planner.
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  • Very scenic. The hike is easy and along a well marked guided paved walking path. The diversity of vegetation you see is amazing. The fruit stand on the way to these falls (very close to the parking.....  more
    Very scenic. The hike is easy and along a well marked guided paved walking path. The diversity of vegetation you see is amazing. The fruit stand on the way to these falls (very close to the parking.....  more »
  • Compared to other attractions in the island, this is the worst one. Too expensive for a family with all fees, for very small hike and views of the waterfalls. Do not travel across the island just for....  more
    Compared to other attractions in the island, this is the worst one. Too expensive for a family with all fees, for very small hike and views of the waterfalls. Do not travel across the island just for....  more »
  • This was a very cool hike. When you get to the parking lot, you pay for parking and entrance ($10 per car PLUS $5 per person) and walk along a one way path. On the walk, you will experience the rain.....  more
    This was a very cool hike. When you get to the parking lot, you pay for parking and entrance ($10 per car PLUS $5 per person) and walk along a one way path. On the walk, you will experience the rain.....  more »
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  • Beautiful 422ft straight drop waterfall with tropical ferns, bamboo, and foliage on the 1/2 mile concrete paved trail loop. The path is on the narrow side, so following the loop helps with covid-19. However, some walk faster and some walk slower, so passing will need to happen. It doesn't have the volume of water that rainbow falls has, but it is very beautiful and surrounded by more lush Hawaiian nature. Definitely worth a visit.
  • This was a beautiful park! The walk included banyan trees, huge bamboo growth, ferns, and many other plants and flowers I haven't yet identified. The falls themselves were gorgeous and impressive ... easily accessible through the lovely town of Honomu and fields of impressively large sugar cane with the omnipresent chickens and a few peahens along the way :)
  • Gorgeous area well worth the walk all the way around the path. The trees were unlike anything I've ever seen. It was like a movie but so much better. So glad we stopped here even though we got soaked half way through (it decided to start raining as we started on the path). I'd do this again and again. So worthwhile. One of the best places to visit tourist or not in my opinion.
  • This is a beautiful park with all paved walkways. It had a lot of steps but was easily walked. We thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls and the views that we got.
  • During these COVID times, it certainly is nice to take a leisurely stroll into one of the most beautiful areas on big Hawaii! The rain-forest is amazing, the trail is easy, the sound of nothing is blissful. What I loved most is the lack of crowds! It feels like the 1960's! If one has the opportunity to travel, this IS the time!

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