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Address: End of Akaka Falls Road, Off Hwy 220, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-974-6200
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If you are going to the Big Island, you have to see Akaka Falls

These falls are taller than Niagra and in a lush tropical setting. A nice one mile(ish) hike in a truly beautiful setting. You need a rental car to get there and do yourself a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

These falls are taller than Niagra and in a lush tropical setting. A nice one mile(ish) hike in a truly beautiful setting. You need a rental car to get there and do yourself a favor and pay the $5 for close in parking.

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Santa Fe, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This high waterfall near Hilo is so evocative of tropical paradise that new visitors to Hawaii island should make this a priority. Accessible from an easy and short trail, there are several good views for the photo fans. It is still worth seeing even if it is raining. That is why such lush vegetation abounds! Only a small parking fee... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We drove to the Akaka Falls State Park and walked through the lush green rainforest that winds around in a circuit. The giant ferns were amazing to see and other huge plants, the walk only took about 20 mins by the time we reached the falls which was breathtaking, apparently 3x the height of niagara falls. Worth the trip!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A very nice short trip from Hilo, we used it to burn time before our evening departure. Be sure to take the scenic route (Old Mamalahoa Rd, marked with signs, just off Hwy 19). The falls are beautiful and on a nice short trail loop. On the way back to Hilo, stop in the little village of Honomu for the... More 

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Nanaimo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Short little walk in paved trail with handrails and viewpoints. Good way to stretch the legs and run the kids. Paid them five bucks to park because if you park outside the gate IT is one dollar per person, inside its five bucks per carload. Daughter counted the steps and there 358 steps on the circle tour. Some are up... More 

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Poinciana, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

On our recent Princess cruise to Hawaii, we booked a tour of Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls on the Big Island. Rich, our guide from the tour company KapohoKine Adventures, LLC, went out of his way to make the trip special. Not only did he make sure the older people on the tour took their time climbing the many steps... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you are in the Hilo, HI area, this waterfall is well worth the trip. Park on the road just before the park and walk in...Save $5😉. If you don't have trouble walking, do the full circle walk, just to see the beautiful flora. The steps are easy. They had had recent rain, so the Akaka Falls was flowing beautifully.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful walk through rainforest scenery with plenty to see and shade for the summer months, although there are several inclines they are made easier by good paths with easy steps, and the view at the falls is breathtaking even more so if it has been raining.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It's a little bit of walk but the view is not to be missed!!! Beautiful! Careful where you step though. Some of the paths go right to the edge.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you're looking for spectacular falls and plant life, it's an amazing visit. The abundance of plants (I know this isn't a surprise of course) is like nothing I've seen before. It's very hard to put into words how diverse it is, it's like stepping into Jurassic Park in a way..and comparing it to a movie really doesn't do it... More 

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