Akaka Falls State Park is one of the destinations on the Hamakua coast. People still come here even though it needs a little bit of detour to the inland.
Big Island Day 7 Itinerary
- [Breakfast] Cafe 100
- Downtown Hilo
- Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
- [Snack] What’s Shakin
- Akaka Falls State Park (This Post)
- [Snack] Tex Drive-in
- Waipio Valley Lookout
What we did
The park was 20 minutes away from What’s Shakin and the Botanical Garden. It was raining very heavily when we arrived in the parking lot. The weather didn’t stop the visitors because the parking lot was full. We parked outside the gate and luckily didn’t have to pay the $5 parking fee. It cost us $1 per person to go in.
The trail to the waterfall was very short (0.4 miles for the whole loop). We first saw a smaller waterfall just a few steps away from the entrance. After a few minutes of walk, we saw the 442-ft Akaka Falls. It was magnificent! The shower stopped when we got there, and it was a great pleasure to see the waterfall in the tropical environment.
The Kahūnā Falls is on the opposite side of Akaka Falls. Unfortunately, the trail was closed, so we didn’t see it.
We didn’t spend a lot of time here because the trail was really short and half of it was closed. It is for sure worth a visit for first-timers when driving along the northeast shore.
Akaka Falls State Park Info
Admission: $5 USD per car or $1 per person for pedestrians