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Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii's Big Island

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Quick Facts

  • Name: Akaka Falls State Park
  • What: Park features Akaka Falls (134 metres) and Kahuna Falls (30 metres)
  • Where: End of Akaka Falls Road (Hwy. 220), 5.8 kilometres SW of Homomu
  • More Info: $1 for walk-ins, $5 for cars.


At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant 0.6 kilometre uphill hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns.

As you follow the paved footpath, you'll first see 30-metre Kahuna Falls. Continue to follow the loop around the bend, and you'll discover towering Akaka Falls which plummets 135 metres into a stream-eroded gorge. Beautiful Akaka Falls is perhaps the Big Island's most famous waterfall. Easily accessible, this hike takes less than an hour.