Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

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#1 of 91 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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  • Walk with a very beautiful waterfall to photograph! Well laid out but paying car park very well to kill half an hour between two attractions
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  • The loop hike is a nice one; however, the day I went the waterfall at the bottom of the short loop wasn't big enough to be visible, had I know that I would have gone straight for Akaka Falls. If you a...  more »
  • Do the loop trail and bring a lunch to enjoy on the picnic tables! The drive in is easy and the trails are very easy with stairs however. The rain forest is breathtaking.  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit! The .4 mile paved trail feels longer due to the number of stairs you go up and down. Totally worth it. Be aware that visibility can change quickly during stormy weather. Folks we met on the trail said they couldn't see Akaka Falls at all, but by the time we got there, it was clear.
  • The falls are nice but not as elegant as seen in pictures. Further the longer loop (Right turn) is not worth of, the other fall is sort of hidden and was a bummer. Akaka falls is high but with less water volume. Further you don’t get to very near to it. Nice photo capture places though. We have seen better falls in Seattle and Portland. Parking inside the yellow gate costs 5 usd per head (person sitting near gate collects it in cash!) and it’s 1 usd is parked outside the gate.
  • Easily walkable, clean, clear pathways and breathtaking views. Definitely worth the $1 admission fee. If you're in the area, I recommend stopping for half an hour to take in the nature park.
  • Very beautiful place for visiting. Not much for hiking but the falls are worth visiting. Don't count on clean amenities for nature call. Stop on the way to get fresh coconut water.
  • It's a quick stop and very worth it. When we got there, we parked on the side of the road before the park entrance, so we didn't pay for parking but parking is $5. If you are a pedestrian ,access to the park is $1. When we got there the path to the second waterfall, Kahuna Falls was closed, so we only got to see the 400m Akaka falls. It's a two minute walk from the entrance to the falls. Very nice.

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A convenient starting point for any exploration of the eastern portion of the Island of Hawaii, Hilo features many air-conditioned hostels, ideally priced for backpackers and other travelers not intending to spend a great deal of time indoors. For additional amenities and more privacy, book a room at a private bed and breakfast or small hotel near the town's best beaches. To stay closer to the hub of tourist action, consider a mid-range inn located in one of the old buildings in Hilo's historic downtown area.
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