Akaka Falls State Park, Hawaii Island
Name: Akaka Falls State Park
What: Park features Akaka Falls (442 feet) and Kahuna Falls (100 feet)
- Where: End of Akaka Falls Road (Hwy. 220), 3.6 miles 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 0.4-mile 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 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Continue to follow the loop around the bend, and you'll discover towering Akaka Falls which plummets 442-feet into a stream-eroded gorge. Beautiful Akaka Falls is perhaps Hawaii Island's most famous waterfall. Easily accessible, this hike takes less than an hour.