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Akaka Falls State Park

Address: End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-974-6200
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Ranked #3 of 40 Attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Type: State Parks, Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Kent
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166 reviews 166 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I drove the 13 miles to the north of Hilo to see Akaka Falls, having previously visited Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots State Parks. It was such a good decision to do the trip this way round as compared to Akaka Falls, the others would have been a huge disappointment. We had intended to park in the... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Lush surroundings, along with a spectacular waterfall, make this a must see for the Hilo area. Not too far north of town, a quick getaway from town.

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Boulder, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The falls are impressive and this is a quick roadside stop with well paced paths through the forested area. You cannot get very close to the falls and the rest of the walk is pretty but we saw much ore beautiful spots just driving along the roadway. It's great for those traveling with kids and olds with limited mobility and... More 

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Dimock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It's all about nature. How could I not give Akaka Falls a 5? The whole family enjoyed our time there. As in many of Hawaii's great sights, it's steep walking, though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It is a small fee and a short walk and well worth it. The path is paved (good, as it rains a bit). The jungle scene is incredible, and leads you to the falls, which is really breathtaking. Walk it counter clockwise.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

From Hilo I decided to do a detour and check this place out. It is a beautifully maintained small state park with amazing foliage. I was able to do the entire loop in about 30 minutes, taking pictures along the way. Akaka Falls itself was amazing, but you can only view it from afar. The other waterfall was somewhat obscured.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This is definitely worth a visit. The drive is quite easy, only about 30 min from Hilo. The trail down to the waterfall is paved and the view is breath taking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

While there were lots of stairs, the stunning view of the Akaka falls was worth it. Nature is truly amazing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

It was definitely worth the trip to see this beautiful waterfall and we found the recommended circle route to the right to be easy to hike and full of lovely scenery and vegetation to enjoy. We went close to sunset, which actually made it almost impossible to take pictures of the waterfalls because the sun was so bright that nobody's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I thought this was worth the price of admission ($1 a person of you park up the hill from the official park lot, $5 if you park in the lot). Follow the recommended circular route through the rainforest to see the falls; the walk is very easy and even more interesting than the falls themselves. You're truly walking through a... More 

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