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Akaka Falls State Park, Hilo

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Must see · Waterfall · State Park
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Experience lush vegetation and towering waterfalls at Akaka Falls State Park. Set out on the paved footpath just off the parking lot for a loop through the park. On this easy, 0.6 km (0.4 mi) walk, you can see tropical plants and stop at viewpoints for two waterfalls, Kahūnā and Akaka. At Akaka Falls, watch water plummet 129 m (422 ft) into a stream-eroded gorge. Consider bringing some bug spray to ward off mosquitos. Plan to visit Akaka Falls State Park during your Hilo vacation using our convenient Hilo travel planner.
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  • Nice walk, excellent views, worth the $10 per person fee. Not difficult drive, and parking free with paid attendance. 
    Nice walk, excellent views, worth the $10 per person fee. Not difficult drive, and parking free with paid attendance.  more »
  • The falls are ok, BUT you have to pay $10 per car and $5 per person for 15min loop walk. Not really worth it to me. 
    The falls are ok, BUT you have to pay $10 per car and $5 per person for 15min loop walk. Not really worth it to me.  more »
  • One of the things I like most about Akaka falls is that you can hear them before you see them. Take the long way (right path) to the overlook and enjoy a semi shaded paved walkway to the Falls scenic....  more
    One of the things I like most about Akaka falls is that you can hear them before you see them. Take the long way (right path) to the overlook and enjoy a semi shaded paved walkway to the Falls scenic....  more »
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  • Stopping to see Akaka Falls State Park is well worth the trip. The pictures don’t do it justice. Just a few steps in and there’s a feeling of awe and wonder. It was as if we were transported someplace else. The waterfalls are gorgeous as are the surrounding plants, trees, and flowing water. You can make the loop relatively quickly but I recommend taking your time and enjoying the scenery and sounds. The path is paved and relatively easy to walk. There are some steps along the way so that’s something to consider if there are mobility concerns. We had to pay a $5 entry fee which I thought was strange but if it helps with the maintenance of the park, it’s worth it. There’s also a parking fee but if there’s space on the road, you can park there for free and walk down. It was our last stop for the day and I was tired so I thought the view of the waterfall from the parking lot was enough. I’m glad my friend disagreed with me. I was wrong, very wrong. Definitely explore inside.
  • We loved seeing the waterfalls here. Entry is $5/per person, parking was free. If you are a resident with a state park pass, entry for your party is free. Restrooms are available by the parking lot. There is a paved walkway with handrails to take you to the main waterfall. You can take the longer, more scenic path on the right or a shortcut on the left. The scenic path is very pretty with lots of green vegetation to look at. There are several smaller falls tucked in along the path. This place is absolutely beautiful.
  • A great stop totally worth the $5 entry fee. Moderate-easy hike on a paved path with varied altitudes ( good amount of steps). The falls are amazing, the jungle is impressive on its own. Parking is a little sketchy but do able. Highly recommend
  • Wonderful walk. Not too difficult. It is a paved trail with a lot of steps. It was weird we had to pay $5 to get in and pay for parking. Tip: just park up the road on the side and walk down. There are kiosks to pay for entry and workers standing there making sure you pay for entry into the falls. Credit card only.
  • We did the full loop (anti clockwise), beautiful walk through lush green jungle which leaves the best view (Akaka falls) for last. There is a fair bit of uphill walking to do. The falls are stunning!!! Just park on the side of the road before entering car park to save yourself the parking fee. A must see, especially if you like waterfalls!

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