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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. Plan trip to Lihue with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Gorgeous views and beautiful nature. But please respect the signs, people die here all the time, they don’t put them up for fun. Also: if the Lady with the Banana Bread is on the bridge you should... 
    Gorgeous views and beautiful nature. But please respect the signs, people die here all the time, they don’t put them up for fun. Also: if the Lady with the Banana Bread is on the bridge you should...  more »
  • A must when you come to Kauai. It's takes up a good part of the day, but stop at all of the parks Waimea and Ko Kee Parks. Drive to the end, road is dicey at the end, but the views are so worth it! 
    A must when you come to Kauai. It's takes up a good part of the day, but stop at all of the parks Waimea and Ko Kee Parks. Drive to the end, road is dicey at the end, but the views are so worth it!  more »
  • LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department has identified a 28-year-old female, who died at Wailua Falls Saturday afternoon, as Nicole Chavez of Chile. According to a preliminary report, KPD personnel... 
    LĪHU‘E – The Kaua‘i Police Department has identified a 28-year-old female, who died at Wailua Falls Saturday afternoon, as Nicole Chavez of Chile. According to a preliminary report, KPD personnel...  more »
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  • This was a more difficult hike for some. Still worth it. Definitely swim in the water then hike to the left to walk behind the falls.
  • Absolutely beautiful fall wow!!! Right off the road and you’ll need to bypass the fence and climb down to the bottom. It’s a literal climb down so take your time and be patient. The views and the swimming at the bottom are totally worth it 👍👍’s @nothin_but_views
  • Beautiful falls from both above and below! The trail is a little blocked off and you go down at your own risk but honestly if you are fit and agile it was not that bad. Maybe don’t hike down if there is a lot of mud, because it is steep.
  • We didn't hike down cause someone who had just hiked up said someone had just fallen and might be hurt. We saw the falls from the top, good view and an even better view when a taken young lad with his hot partner walked by sad day :( . Pretty cool falls
  • Very awesome experience. Worth the dangerous hike. It was very beautiful, but the water was a little too cold for me to actually get more than my feet wet.

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