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Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

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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. Make Akaka Falls State Park part of your personalized Hilo itinerary using our Hilo holiday planner.
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  • The waterfall is easily accessible. It is worth to look at the Banyan trees in the vicinity. Can be crowded at times something.
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  • I was so disappointed with this attraction. I have been to Hawaii several times and each time I go to Akaka falls. It was a beautiful hike through lush tropical plants and several picture ops. This ti...  more »
  • The trail to get to the other waterfall was closed, but the walk to see the Akamai Falls was easy and the falls are amazing!! I recommend parking right outside the lot to avoid the $5 parking fee sinc...  more »
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  • We were hoping to have a picnic lunch here and hike out to the waterfall. You pay to park your car in the parking lot and there are a couple picnic tables near the parking lot. We ate lunch at one of the picnic tables and then went down to do the "hike". It's basically a small circle loop that is a fenced in path to the waterfall and back. Half of the circle loop was closed because it looked like a large palm tree had fallen on it. The portion of the circle loop we did was shaded and you pass some other pretty waterfalls on the way to the main falls. The waterfall is beautiful and I am glad we came to saw it. Although the "hike" there and back took maybe 10 to 15 minutes. It was a pretty quick stop for the long drive out. I would recommend planning your day with some other waterfall stops to make the drive worth it. Make sure to hit the bakery in the small town outside of the falls! They have some amazing preserves and breads!
  • A great, classic Hawaiian waterfall. 440 feet tall. You don't need to stay here long, but it's a shame if you miss it. Entry fee is $5 per vehicle, or $1/person if you walk in. There are restrooms near the parking lot. It's an easy 1/10th mile walk from where you park to the falls.
  • It's just a place to go and say that you've been there or a quick stop on the way to the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. I drove about 2 hours to get there, only to find out that most of the pathways were closed and it took less than 5 minutes to check it out. You literally park your car, walk down the stairs, see the falls, and that's it. You can't even get close to the waterfalls or even swim in it. Make sure you don't park inside the lot (they make you pay $5) and park right outside the lot (only $1).
  • We enjoyed the loop hike to the falls though the other falls is barely visible so don't get your hopes up. The hike winds through an amazing valley with great views of giant timber bamboo, loads of ferns and flowers and is just a beautiful route. Highly recommend the ~20 minute loop if you have the time. Slight uphill coming back out of the valley but well worth it. Views of the main falls are great. Even offers a rain cover at the falls for visitors to wait out unplanned showers (like we had) which is nice. Parking costs a few bucks ($5?) as does walking in to the park which seems fair given the well maintained path and grounds.
  • A one-stop, drive-through, walk-around waterfall themed park The falls are indeed spectacular, and it's a nice easy circuit walk around the park with plenty of nice nature to see along the way. It rained the whole time we were there, but did not make the views any less amazing (ok, maybe a bit less). I'd recommend a visit.