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Wailua Falls

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Address: Maalo Rd, off Hwy 580, Lihue, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 8084640840
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Short stop

Nice short drive up mountain. Water fall is bigger than expected. I can see that parking maybe an issue during busy months.

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Dearborn, Michigan
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Dearborn, Michigan
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Nice short drive up mountain. Water fall is bigger than expected. I can see that parking maybe an issue during busy months.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wailua Falls are all they are cracked up to be, beautiful set of falls that you can drive to and watch from above. A note for you as you drive, the road ends pretty much when you get to the falls, they just come out of nowhere.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wailua Falls is an easy & quick drive from Lihue down an exciting, narrow two-lane road (go slow!) that offers splendid views of countryside and of course the amphitheatre of the Falls. Two steep trails lead down to the Falls, though we did not attempt as it had been raining (and we know too well the state of the trails... More 

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So Cal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went to see Wailua Falls after a pretty big rain storm and the view was very impressive. The power of the water and the sound were magnificent. Definitely check it out. It's easy to get there and there are a few parking spots so you aren't just off the side of the road.

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stop by if you're in the area, but don't go too far out of your way to see these falls. We had just seen other falls in Hilo, so maybe we are just biased since we had seen better. There was a lady with a crutch selling key chains along the wall of the falls, even though there was a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Don't miss the Wailua Falls. Wailua Falls is a 173-foot waterfall located near Lihue and a short drive!

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Renton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took a 4-5 mile to a culdasac, with a sideways view of the falls over a chainlink fence. Take the time to go to a better view.

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Blairsville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Beautiful falls. Quick rainbow in sun. Hard to park. Difficult to turn car around. Not enough parking spaces.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Worth a stop and a few photos, parking was a little hectic.the falls are viewed from the roadside so you don't need to do a steep walk or anything.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This quick detour off the highway is worth the view. Parking is limited, but it's a quick stop so wait for a spot and go look at the falls. They are beautiful!

Thank Julianne H

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