Akaka Falls State Park
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Hilo's Akaka Falls State Park is a short, low-intensity hike in northeastern Hawai'i. Its payoff comes in the form of two consecutive waterfalls -- cascading Kahuna Falls and the spectacular free-falling Akaka Falls, which earned the park its name. Those who've hiked the flat, paved trail say it's more of a "walk" that's easy enough for just about anyone -- even young children. You'll most likely be able to make the loop through the park in less than 30 minutes, and considering Akaka is a free, short-on-time experience, travelers suggest it's one you can't miss.
You'll find the park off Highway 220 at the end of Akaka Falls Road. It's open daily and free to enjoy. If you're just interested in beautiful Akaka Falls and not in Kahuna, you should enter the footpath on the left (south) side. Visit the Hawaii State Park's website for more information.