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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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Alameda, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Drive to Akaka Falls from Kona about 2 hours and worth the drive. There's a small parking lot $5 fee or park outside and walk in for $1/pp. Short, easy trail to the falls. The falls are beautiful in their tropical setting. The overlook is at the 1/2 up the falls, so its doesn't look as high as Yosemite Falls,... More

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Laval, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We were lucky/unlucky with the rain we had during our visit to Hilo. Lucky, because with the amount of rain that had poured on us all morning caused the Akaka falls to be displacing huge volumes of water. Even our tour guide said he'd seen this maybe only once or twice before. The pathway to the falls is surrounded by... More

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Fresno, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

As beautiful as when we first visited before Hawaii became a state! Visited small stores on drive out, had excellent shave ice at Eddies Bakery

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Rocklin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the 10-15 minute loop trail taking us to the majestic 442-foot Akaka Falls. The profusion of giant plants and trees is so varied and beyond gorgeous!

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St. John's, Canada
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is a really pretty place that gives you a real sense of being in the rainforest. The walk is fairly short (30 mins max), the actual drive from the main road might be longer! When you get to the start of the trail follow the suggested direction as this will leave the Akaka Falls (the most impressive feature) for... More

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Leesvillle, SC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This is probably one of the tallest waterfalls I've ever visited. About 12 miles out of Hilo and very nice scenery along the way, you won't be disappointed by the beauty and grandeur of these falls. And actually there are two falls to view. You can take a five minute hike to the left to reach these falls, or a... More

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Pearland, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Second trip to the Big Island and went to Akaka falls both times. If you want to see at least one waterfall, this is the one to go to. While slightly more walking than Rainbow Falls in Hilo, it is by no means strenuous, and has two pretty spectacular falls. Restroom is on-site (worth the cost of the small parking... More

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Long Island, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I took my children to Akaka Falls. There's a $1.00 charge per person if you park outside. I don't know the price if you park inside. The lady taking the money had a badge but I couldn't really tell if she was official. Anyway, for $1.00 per person it was worth it. There's a nice trail with scenic views that's... More

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Humble, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The vegetation has grown a lot since our last trip 3 years ago and I wasn't able to get a picture of the falls from top to bottom as well as I did before. However I did get a picture of the rainbow at the bottom. We also saw 3 feral pigs which quickly crossed the walk in front of... More

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Hong Kong, China
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It is a leisure walk, better go in daytime but no one can tell when the rain comes. We passed the Mana's fruit stand and it is a nice place to take a break, eat the sweet pineapple, nice local coconut water.

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