Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

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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  • Akaka Falls s a State Park and almost free to get in - it costs $1.00 and $5.00 to park if you park in the lot instead of on the road. The Falls are stunning and they provide you with a beautiful walk...  more »
  • Just Beautiful! Never fails to impress me, every time is a different view of the lush greenery and falls.  more »
  • A bit confusing to find but worth the drive...easy walk to view falls...be prepared to pay for parking...otherwise roadside parking is available  more »
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  • These falls feature a rather small parking lot - which is $5 for parking per cat (covers entry fee) - and plenty of parking on the roadside. If you plan on parking on the roadside, you will need to pay the $1 entry fee. They do accept credit card. There is a functioning bathroom and staff on site. Upon entering the trailhead you will see a sign that indicates the trail to the falls is a circular trail. This does, in fact, mean it takes you back to start. Going right takes your to Kahuna Falls and going left takes you to 'Akaka Falls. There is a ton of vegetation and interesting sights to see, so I highly recommend taking the full route regardless of your starting choice. Just a note, Kahuna Falls are quite farther away than the 'Akaka Falls, but still an absolute treat. The 'Akaka Falls are flanked by amazing sweeping cliffs and two other smaller falls. The trail around is fully paved and supported by railing on both sides for most of the trail. Definitely recommend visiting this amazing sight, only a short drive from the Rainbow Falls.
  • So wonderful! One of my favorite waterfalls. We paid like $3 for the two of us to park and enter the trail. The trail was a fairly easy hike with beautiful trees and greenery. It wasn't very busy, which was nice, too. You can take the long hike back and see another waterfall. It was so beautiful! Wear a poncho in case in rains. There are bathrooms at the entrance.
  • Beautiful location. Good parking, restrooms... if all you want to do is see the primary waterfall, go left at the fork, bit the entire loop trail offers fantastic views and plants. More flowers in the summertime. No rest areas on the loop trail. Walkways with railing on one side - both sides when there are steps. Nice and safe
  • Quick little loop trail. We'll paved trail with railings the whole way. Waterfall is really impressive and pretty. Parking was easy for us in the middle of the day on Saturday. Park outside the designated area to save $5. Admission is $1 per person.
  • Even in the fog and rain this place is incredible. We could barely see the falls due to the fog but then the rains came and cleared the air. What a beautiful waterfall. The whole area takes about 30min to walk through and is really worth it. It was awesome to walk through the rain forest... in the rain! It wasn't too crowded and it's fairly easy to get to. If you're visiting the island, definitely take the time to check this out.
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