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Opaekaa Falls, Kauai

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Ōpaekaa Falls is a waterfall located on the ʻŌpaekaʻa Stream in Wailua River State Park on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is a 151–foot waterfall that flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Below the ridge down into the ravine through which the water falls can be seen the vertical dikes of basalt that cut through the horizontal Koloa lava flows. The name "Ōpaekaa" means rolling shrimp, "opae" being Hawaiian for "shrimp," and "kaa" for "rolling". The name dates back to days when the native freshwater shrimp Atyoida bisulcata were plentiful in the stream and were seen rolling and tumbling down the falls and into the churning waters at the fall's base.Visually, this is a spectacular waterfall and is one of the island's few waterfalls that can be seen from the road. It flows year round and therefore is not seasonal. Most of the time it falls in a double cascade but the two sides may become one after a heavy rain. There is a highway overlook which provides a panoramic view of the 40ft wide falls and the valley below. The best time of day to see the falls is in full sunlight when the water sparkles the most. If the day is cloudy the view is less spectacular.
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  • Unusual for Kauai, this spectacular waterfall is visible from a roadside stop and completely free. It is majestic and very very beautiful. Well worth the short drive. 
  • About a 30 minute drive from the Poipu Beach area. Parking spaces are in short supply, but it's only a few feet from the parking area to the overlook. Beautiful view of the falls and definitely worth ...  read more »
  • My wife and were staying in Wailua just about 2 miles from the falls. We drove about 2-3 miles up the road to the falls. It was very pretty, very good viewing. If you cross the road, you can also see ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful 300 foot waterfall ( vegetation hides the bottom) that is viewed from above. There is a large parking area. The best photos are from along the walkway to the overlook across the street which features Kamokila village. (another review..good spot). This is best after a lot of rain!
  • Must Stop. Great roadside overlook. There is also a viewing area of the valley and ocean across the street. Easy access and ample parking.
  • Not worth the stop unless you need to use the restroom. The waterfall is not close. Use a zoome lens if you want a quality shot unless you want a landscape photo. Overgrowth makes it more difficult to see except from near the end of the bridge. Another viewpoint across the road for the old movie village below. Again, overgrowth in the way.
  • Very beautiful falls, easily accessible for viewing. I was able to take a mobility scooter along the walkway to view it. There's a raised platform from which you can get very nice photos, and a great place for picnicking. Also clean restrooms.
  • The falls are a distance away, so bring a zoom lens if you're taking pictures. Nice drive, across the street, great view of the valley.
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