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Akaka Falls State Park

End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-974-6200
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Ranked #3 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Akaka Falls lookout was an easy, half-kilometer loop along a paved trail (with stairs). We walked along the recommended, counter-clockwise route, and first saw the slightly smaller waterfall before we emerged to see Akaka Falls itself. The view was beautiful! I was misled to believe that we would hike down near the bottom of the falls by the constant... More

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Brasilia, DF
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24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Nice walk through the park overseeing that lush green forest from Hawaii. Great picture at the end...

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Akaka Falls is a 10 minute ride from Hilo. You will love the entrance to the falls. Beautiful, lush and tropical. Breathtaking waterfalls. A must see attraction.

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the long path to the right for an easy walk through the rain forest. The falls are really beautiful and I loved the scenery. Definitely worth the stop.

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Durham, New Hampshire
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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a 420' waterfall that you can easily walk to .It is located just off the main highway again making acces quick and easy. You can park in the park but the number of spots are limited. It costs $5.00/ car. Many parked outside the park and walked in about 100-200 yd and pay $1.00/ person. There is a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

You can hear and feel the water well before you can see it. This isn't the tallest or the widest water fall but the area surrounding it is truly magnificent. It's lush, and green and the closest you can get to a rain forest. Well worth the cost and the short walk.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a great waterfall to see with a short hike on a paved trail. It doesn't take long to get there but parking can be a bit of a problem.

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Lucca, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

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.

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Pine, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Paved walking trail makes this easy to get to and you can actually see two different waterfalls after paying a $7 admission. A must see on the Big island.

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Bow, NH
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23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a quick 20 minutes off the main road, but worth the drive. Not much to see other than the falls - but boy are they impressive! Great photo stop to stretch your legs if you're driving around the island. Take the 4 mile scenic road on the way there from Hilo. There is a small sign, but it... More

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