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Wailua Falls, Lihue

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Although Wailua Falls once served as a jumping point for proving manhood, today the natural wonder is a popular destination for hikers and photographers. Normally, the falls split into two streams, and occasionally break into three; they can become one wild stream during particularly rainy periods. A short walk from the parking area will deliver you to a view from above. A longer hike down through the forest gives you a view from the bottom up. This hike is steep, muddy, and slippery, so it is usually discouraged. If you decide to give it a try, take plenty of water and bug spray. Use our Lihue itinerary builder to add Wailua Falls and other attractions to your Lihue vacation plans.
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  • The falls are beautiful and you can get a great view from the overlook. But it was very busy while we were there and not enough parking.  more »
  • We had some time to kill before we went to the airport for our helicopter tour. It was about 4 miles up the road once you are it. We were there around noon and it was very busy. We got one of the last...  more »
  • Pretty but a little hard to see from the scenic point. It's an overlook from above at the end of a road with a couple parking spots nearby.  more »
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  • Another awesome waterfall you should see if visiting the island of Kauai. The parking is a little tricky and if you try to get the best spot by driving all the way to the end of the road you may have a hard time turning around. If you want a little exercise, it doesn't hurt to park early and walk a little and enjoy the scenery. Pay attention to signs and don't climb over the fence. Yes, when I was there someone had jumped the fence to get the perfect photo.
  • Great looking waterfall, a few spaces where you can park for up to 20 minutes. It's a little tight in the car park and you'll find a fee traders selling drinks and souvenirs. You can't get close to the falls and must take pictures from a viewpoint above.
  • Beautiful waterfall, you have to climb to get in the pool under the fall (dangerous and you need time). Sometimes you have to wait until you get a free parkinglot.
  • Stunning waterfall! Beautiful views, don't step over the guard rail!
  • Iconic falls, prettier than I imagined they'd be.