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.
Tours to Akaka Falls State Park
$194 BOOK WITH VIATOR Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Duration: 11 to 12 hours
$592 BOOK WITH VIATOR Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Volcano Adventure Tour from Oahu
Duration: 15 hours
Akaka Falls State Park reviews
Beautiful 422ft straight drop waterfall with tropical ferns, bamboo, and foliage on the 1/2 mile concrete paved trail loop. The path is on the narrow side, so following the loop helps with covid-19. However, some walk faster and some walk slower, so passing will need to happen. It doesn't have the volume of water that rainbow falls has, but it is very beautiful and surrounded by more lush Hawaiian nature. Definitely worth a visit.
This was a beautiful park! The walk included banyan trees, huge bamboo growth, ferns, and many other plants and flowers I haven't yet identified. The falls themselves were gorgeous and impressive ... easily accessible through the lovely town of Honomu and fields of impressively large sugar cane with the omnipresent chickens and a few peahens along the way :)
Plan your trip to Hilo
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Hilo
Side trips from Hilo
Hidden gems in Hilo
Kid-friendly things to do in Hilo
Nature in Hilo
Trips to Akaka Falls State Park by other users
10 days in Big Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Kailua-Kona Hilo 22 days in San Francisco & Hawaii BY A USER FROM IRELAND San Francisco Waimea Kailua-Kona 20 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA Honolulu Lahaina Hilo 45 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Honolulu Lihue Kailua-Kona 59 days in United States, Mexico & Brazil BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES San Francisco Los Angeles San Diego 6 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Mokuaikaua Church Aloha Ocean Excursions Manini'owali Beach (Kua Bay)