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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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  • Close to Lihue and easily accessible by car. Breathtaking view and your able to see it right from the parking area at the sight. 
  • You just drive up to this waterfall, there isn't hiking here. There is not a lot of space to park, so be careful as you approach. 
  • Haven't visited the falls for years! And it still took by breath away, it's spectacular and calming and the mist that rises gives it an unreal feeling! The drive isn't that bad and we were the only on...  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.