Akaka Falls State Park

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Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park
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Key Info

Akaka Falls Road

Price & Hours

$5 per car or $1 per pedestrian
Sunrise-sunset daily

Details

Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

A visit to Hilo's Akaka Falls State Park will entail 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 loop 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 20 to 30 minutes, and considering Akaka Falls' small investment of time and money, 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 only costs $1 per pedestrian and $5 per car. The parking area is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Restrooms and water fountains are available on-site. If you're only 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.

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