Akaka Falls State Park

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Akaka Falls State Park
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MLAbug
Lake Tahoe (California), CA1,353 contributions
Couples
The one thing we realized the park was helping with human foot traffic was posting a sign that said ONE WAY - you enter to the right and walk and enjoy the local trees and fauna. Follow the trail and it will lead you to the falls itself! There are two lookout points for photo ops. Easy walk.ONE VERY short trail.
Parking was a bit of a challenge / park outside the park lines and it’s free. Park inside the very small lot it’s 5.00 and it’s entry fee is 5.00 as well. There’s a machine that takes credit card and local attendants are checking.
Written February 21, 2022
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Chad H
Noblesville, IN237 contributions
This State Park is almost a half hour north of Hilo, but the drive is quiet scenic! There is an entry fee of $5 per person. You can park in the paved lot right on the park's doorstep for $10 or park just outside the yellow gate along the road for free.

The looped-hike is easy and paved. There are some steps to climb/descend. But the Falls are very impressive! My family and I (three teenagers) really enjoyed our time at this park.
Written July 5, 2022
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Jen M
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A spectacular waterfall in a State Park at the dead end of a road north of Hilo. You pay $10 to park and $5/person to enter this State Park. You can pay via CallToPay app, or via a kiosk with a card (if you're in a rental make sure you write down your plate number). Volunteers were standing at the top of the stairs/walkway to help people pay, but other than that the park was unattended. Parking can be crammed so you may have to park along the road leading into the park. Restrooms are simple park style w/stalls in a small building. You descend a cement - paved sidewalk-like path around the gorge surrounding the waterfall and make a 1 mile circuit. There are stairs and handrails, the trail/path is not accessible if you're in a chair. Do not suggest if in poor health or mobility is limited. Other than that, it's a beautiful stroll and the scenery even before the main event, a 400+ foot waterfall, is spectacular. You may see your first live Banyan here, and there are incredible stands of golden bamboo and other endemic (non-indigenous) plants. There is a small pavilion in a prime viewing spot for the large waterfall, along with two waysides detailing the waterfall/gorge (creek) and wildlife that live in/around the falls (mostly amphibious, and fish). No other interp/info available. People were polite and masked when we visited. Definitely recommend. It's a magical place.
Written November 9, 2021
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aleksandr o
Newark, CA10 contributions
Very beautiful but very short walk (less than 0.5 miles) and parking fee is quite high ($10), not posted anywhere near entry, and you can park outside for free w/ short walk. Of course by the time you parked and figured it all out - you would not want to repark. Admission $5/person.
Written April 25, 2022
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Sherri P
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Family
We were expecting a fee of $5 per car. After a long drive to the falls, we were told parking was $10 per car plus a fee of $5 per person (there are four of us). We decided not to stay. We had had a long day of hiking and had already paid significant fees for other parks. We felt that this one just wasn't worth it and our money would be better spent elsewhere. Definitely check out the other falls in Hilo. No fee and definitely worth a trip.
Written July 6, 2021
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lynette_cypress
Boise, ID403 contributions
The falls are beautiful, and the path is paved and in great condition. (Several steps up and down throughout.) It's marked "one way", probably still a Covid response. The giant bamboo, banyan trees and flowers are beautiful too. We enjoyed the walk and views.
There is a steep "tourist tax" now, Diamond Parking attendants said it's to help cover maintenance. It was $5 for each of us visitors, and Hawaiian residents are free. It was confusing - are we paying to enter the park or for parking? Attendants help visitors with the credit card machine to keep the line moving.
Restrooms onsite were clean with running water, soap (no towels).
Written March 3, 2022
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
We visited here on 03/26 and paid the requisite fee $5/person along with the Account Maintenance fee and the Hawaiian GET tax for a total cost of $16.13 for three people. CREDIT CARD ONLY!
The walk to the falls is a circular route through a humid rainforest that takes about 30 minutes. If you follow signage and follow the one-way route, after a steep descent you come to an area that overlooks Kahuna Falls. This fall is hard to see as the vegetation almost obscures the falls. After this disappointing view you climb towards Akaka Falls and the trek is worth the time.
This is an amazing single drop waterfall.
At the overlook for the falls there is a covered rest area.
This experience is a bit expensive, but you do get to see a great waterfall.
This is a popular attraction and the parking lot is small so parking can be problematic.
This is a 4 star review instead of a 5 star just due to the associated cost of this attraction.
Written March 27, 2022
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sewinonthebeach
Tulsa, OK22 contributions
Friends
Beautiful surroundings. Easy walk even with the stairs. Helpful staff letting us know the best path to take for someone challenged with a lot of walking. Appreciated the hand rails all the way to the falls. Lots of amazing plants and flowers along the way. $5 per person entry using credit card in the available machines made it easy.
Written July 3, 2022
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carrie9678
Mason, OH494 contributions
We spent a week in the Pac NW before coming to Hawaii and saw some amazing waterfalls that were not wall to wall people. This is basically a paved trail of wall to wall people. You can park "outside of the park" on the shoulder of the road to avoid the $10 parking fee, but it is $5 per person to walk in. The falls are impressive, the rainforest is gorgeous, but it is a tourist trap in my opinion. It was definitely a one and done for our family
Written July 8, 2022
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Pam J
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Family
The falls is pretty and the walk is very nice. You can save money if you park on the street outside of the gate. They charge you per person when you walk in. We were unlucky to have a foggy/rainy day so we didn’t see the falls much but we’ve been on a sunny day on a previous visit and it was pretty.
Written July 24, 2022
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