Our 4th stop on Day 7 was Akaka Falls State Park. It is about 20 minutes away from What’s Shakin and a must-see when driving along Hamakua coast.
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
It was raining so heavily when we arrived in the parking lot. We almost wanted to skip it because of it. It was a very popular place and the parking lot was full. We parked outside the gate and luckily didn’t have to pay the $5 parking fee. It costed us $1 per person to go in.
The walk to Akaka Falls was very short. 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 rain stopped, and we really enjoyed being in great nature.
The Kahūnā Falls is on the opposite side of Akaka Falls. We didn’t see it because the trail was closed.
It only needs about 30 minutes to see the fall. It is really 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