Akaka Falls State Park offers a moderately difficult but well-maintained, paved loop trail, one-half mile in length. The trail leads through a tropical rain forest to viewpoints overlooking two beautiful waterfalls: The cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling 'Akaka Falls, which drops 442 feet into a steep gorge. Restroom facilities are located at the trailhead.

Directions: From Hilo, This state park lies on the windward side of the Big Island north of Hilo. The site can be accessed from Akaka Falls Road via Hawaii Belt Road.

Elevation: 3,330 feet

Ending elevation: 4,200 feet

Elevation gain: 940 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

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Active and Adventure Review of Akaka Falls

Away Travel Expert: Karen Kefauver
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Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Bring an umbrella to stay dry from the spray.
  • Enjoy the splendor of the rainforest on the short walk to the falls.
  • The falls are located 11 miles north of Hilo.

On Hwy. 19, (8 miles north of Hilo)
Hawaii (The Big Island), Hawaii

Visitor Information

Transportation: Turn left at Honomu and head 3 1/2 miles inland on Akaka Falls Rd. (Hwy. 220)
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