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“Beautiful - a Must stop!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Akaka Falls State Park

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 38 attractions in Hilo
Type: Waterfalls, State Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Texas
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“Beautiful - a Must stop!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

The falls and garden areas are absolutely beautiful - a must stop for a trip to the Big Island. You can take the long trail (not that long really) which is well worth it or a shorter trail that will take you directly to the falls.

Visited November 2012
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“Some of the better falls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

It stands to reason that there will be falls, lots of falls, in Hawaii. Akaka Falls State Park has done a good job of presenting the falls to the visitor safely. However, this walk can be a bit taxing for some. There is a bathroom and parking in the parking area. But, now you must pay to park. However, just outside of the gate you can park for free.

Visited September 2012
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“Very pretty, but lots of stairs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Akaka Falls State Park is at the end of a small road off of Hwy 19, just north of Hilo. It is well marked to find, but the parking wasn't too clear. Several visitors had parked on the roadside leading into the park and if you park in the parking lot, there is a fee and must be paid at a kiosk at the top of the stairs leading down to the viewing areas. There are actually 2 falls to see, Kuhna Falls and Akaka Falls, but the walkway is sloped and there are many, many stairs to go up and down, making it difficult for anyone with a bad knee. There is a "suggested" route that just takes you to Akaka Falls and it's less stairs, but no signs that explain this and the state park worker there also didn't advise us of all the stairs, even though I had a knee brace on. Kuhna Falls was a little out of the way from Akaka Falls and due to lack of rain, not very much to see and wasn't worth the extra stairs to get to it when we were there. I'm sure it's much prettier when it's been wetter. Akaka Falls was beautiful and worth the shorter walk. Akaka Falls is a must see, if you like waterfalls and lush scenery, but be prepared to go up and down many stairs.

Visited October 2012
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Hilo, Hawaii
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“A Wonderful Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

A great sight to see, Close to Hilo. Be prepared with water; can get very wet and warm. Lots of stairs and climbing(short), but worth the work. Not wheelchair accessible-take lots of pictures.

Visited November 2012
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“Water Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Akaka Falls is so beautiful that in spite of the fact that I have taken many photos of it on previous trips...it captivates me & I am compelled to take more photographs.

Visited November 2012
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