See the Big Island’s Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls

If you are driving in between Waimea and Hilo on Highway 19, perhaps on our scenic Big Island drive plan,  then don’t miss a diversion up Highway 220. You’ll find Highway 220 between mile markers 13 and 14. This rewarding diversion is Akaka Falls State Park that showcases a beautiful 442 foot tall water fall.

To see this Akaka Falls, from the parking lot walk to the left. The 0.4 mile, paved path takes you through a lush rain forest and past a small stream with a small 15 foot waterfall. As you approach the waterfalls, you might hear its forceful flow before you get to the overlook. Then when you actually see it, you can just pause and admire this impressive sight.

At this park, there is also a smaller (100 foot) waterfall, the Kahuna Falls that’s inside the park. So, at this stop you can potentially see three waterfalls at one stop. We liked seeing both Kahuna and Akaka Falls on the loop trail — starting the trail on the right to see Kahuna first and then Akaka. Unfortunately, the path is not always open to Kahuna Falls.

If you go:

  • As of December 15, 2010, the park system began charging a $5 fee per car for entry to this park.
  • Sometimes when it rains here a mist will roll in and block the view of the falls. If you have time, wait in your car until the rain lets up.
  • If a tour bus load of people are there, just wait patiently for a few minutes and then they’ll be gone.
  • Bring a rain jacket or umbrella in case you need it.
  • To be on the safe side, you probably want to have mosquito repellent on.
  • Be sure to lock your car doors.
  • There are restroom facilities here at the parking lot.

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Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Instagram.


  1. We always make a stop here when friends and family visit. It is a fairly easy walk for young and old, and it is free to the public:)

  2. HVG – it is very much worth the visit, isn’t it?!

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