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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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Olney, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Akaka falls in a beautiful waterfall, but the easy walk through the park to the falls was also beautiful. The whole walk is paved and goes through great tropical foliage.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

have been to Akaka falls several times in my lifetime. This time I was surprised to see an attendant at the entrance to the park and also paid parking area. I decided to park outside of the gate (why pay $5 to park when I can walk several yards away and park for free???). The attendant was just standing there... More

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Bend, Oregon
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

On the walk to the Akaka Falls, you will pass another smaller waterfall. It's a nice paved walk through the jungle, but it's got a lot of uphills and downhills; I wouldn't recommend the walk to anybody with difficulty walking. I did not encounter any mosquitos. I did enjoy walking among the Hawaiian flora but the waterfall was a bit... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

There's a lovely trail through the state park and beautiful viewing positions. Very cheap too. Highly recommended.

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Moscow, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Nice place to spend some time (about one hour) and to make some nice photos. Cozy, well maintained park with pretty good view to waterfalls, good amount of tropical plants, and for reasonable price. Akaka Falls is really good addition if your going to visit Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, which is not too far.

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sydney
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58 reviews 58 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was a 15-20 minute drive from where we stayed and you can either park in the carpark for $5 per vehicle or $1 per person, if you park outside. We arrived there early around 9:30am, so it wasn't too overcrowded. The walking trail is very safe with handrails and was a very easy walk. It took us 40-45 minutes... More

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Los Angeles
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The falls are fantastic, and the overlook offers great views. However the walk is very developed, you follow a concrete path loop trail, and it doesnt take long to walk it unless you are really out of shape or have trouble with steps. If theres less than 5 of you try to park outside the gates and walk in. It's... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Positives + Nice Falls, sturdy stairs and paths Negatives - 5$ Charge for parking - No access to water - Falls are impressive but at a distance from observation area Disclaimer > Waterfalls are harder to get to on the Big Island compared with other Hawaiian Islands

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Rhode Island
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Akaka Falls Park is a breathtaking area with wonderful hiking trails and a scenic waterfall. This is a spot well worth a visit whether you are just stopping for a scenic photographic stop or a more in depth hike - it's well worth your time. Pack a picnic lunch and something to drink because this is a quiet spot with... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The falls were stunning, especially with the bright rainbow at the bottom. the 'hike' was a very leisurely walk on a paved path, so it is very accessible

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