Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

4.5
#1 of 125 in Parks in Island of Hawaii
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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  • Lots of steps at to get to this waterfall and get back out, but they're solid and concrete. There are two falls here but Akaka is the nicer and better viewing of the two. Clean bathrooms and lots of p...  more »
  • This is easy to get to with parking. You will pay $5 per car or $1 per person to get in at the opening to the trail. There is beautiful scenery to see while you walk. There is a loop so you can go eit...  more »
  • We were disappointed that the natural feeling of this park has been "made modern" ...boardwalk instead of trails, etc. Its been many years since we first visited, and the falls are still beautiful, bu...  more »
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  • Excellent choice for a stunning waterfall about 25 miles North of Hilo. It's a state park so there's a $5 charge for the parking lot. TIP: Park on the grass directly before entering the park for free on either side. The .6 mile loop to the water fall and back is a moderate degree of difficulty but the waterfalls are breathtaking. Take your time and enjoy all the floral and fauna this park has to offer
  • This place is the Costco of waterfalls! For the low price of $5/car or $1/person, you can see four different waterfalls! The park consists of a 0.4 mi paved loop with a few staircases, making it a nice place to get the hiking feel, without strenuous hiking. There are lookouts at each waterfall, as well as some restrooms at the parking lot. Overall, a great way to see some beautiful waterfalls!
  • Gorgeous. Worth the 5 bucks. You can't really see the second waterfall but we Google recommend the full loop walk. Gorgeous bamboo, orchids, ferns, the sounds alone are enough to just stop, close your eyes and be. Great stop. Took us about 30 minutes.
  • A cool hike! The fauna was amazing and the views of the valley were cool. The waterfall itself was across the valley so pictures are taken from far away. But still a cool little hike.
  • It was an easy hike to the falls. The garden was beautiful hike too.. A nice place for all members of the family. There were lots of flowers in bloom. Can't wait to go back
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