Akaka Falls State Park
Tribes: Who likes this place?
What the scores mean:
These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
Which Gogobot Tribe do you belong to?Join now
- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 89%Adventure Travelers
- 80%Green Travelers
- 75%Local Culture
- 66%Family Travelers
- 61%Budget Travelers
- 56%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (79)Write a review
- Akaka Falls State ParkJul 09, 2014
A short walk to see 2 spectacular waterfalls. Also, it's a scenic drive through farmland from the charming town of Honomu up to the park. It's a state park so it's free to visit (or at least it was the last time I went there, other say it costs $1), although I think you may have to pay to park in the parking lot (I usually park on the street instead). 5-10 minute drive from our VRBO.Recommended for:
- Akaka Falls State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jun 04, 2014
Akaka Falls is one of the main attractions in the Hilo area. The best views are accessible after a short and easy hike.
The 422 foot waterfall provides a great opportunity for photographers, so make sure to bring your camera.
Restrooms and parking available.
$1 admission fee for touristsRecommended for:
- Akaka Falls State ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersMay 07, 2014
Bordered by floral blooms, fairly tame paved walking paths lead from the parking lot to an overlook of these pretty falls, which are just off the Hamakua coastal highway that connects Hilo with Honokaa. At least stop off here to stretch your legs and take photos before continuing up the coast to the Waipio Valley Lookout.Recommended for:
- Akaka Falls State ParkCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4May 07, 2014
The Akaka Falls State Park is a hiking loop that ends with a grand view of Akaka Falls, a 422-ft. high waterfall. The cost is a mere $1 (avoid the $5 parking fee by leaving your car outside the park gates only a few feet away from the entrance). The hike offers plenty of lush plant life and smaller waterfalls as well.Recommended for:
- Akaka Falls State Park
- Akaka Falls State Park
- Akaka Falls State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4May 07, 2014
There is an amazing concrete walkway that curves along a CLIFF! It's amazing to look down some 500 feet and across at the water fall. There are trees that appear to be 200 feet tall. I want to hike up the river to the base of this someday.
- Akaka Falls State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2May 07, 2014
A short 0.4 mile loop hike on paved walkway. 'Akaka Falls is near the end of the loop hike and is viewed only from a distance. The falls is 442 feet high, twice the height of Niagara Falls! Quick and easy waterfall hike. Parking was $5.
- Akaka Falls State ParkMay 07, 2014
A nice peaceful park with highlight being a long waterfall as you loop around the peaceful jungle. It's just a very peaceful place. Stop by if you're heading from Kona to Volcano national park. Takes about 20-30 minutes to walk. Definitely cover yourself up or bring mosquito repellent. Free to public. Parking in the park is small fee except locals free. Otherwise can park just outside and walk in.
- Akaka Falls State ParkMay 07, 2014
Akaka Falls is a great location to take the entire Ohana...You really have two ways to this fall...you can take the state run trail or you can take the road less traveled down into the valley to the base of the falls. I prefer off the beaten path, but this is not a safe journey unless you’re a well established local hiker. At many points throughout the park you can branch off to areas that locals know of that bring you to the base of the two major waterfalls here as well as other special locations tourists don't know of or see. To be at the base of these amazing and powerful flowing falls is a moment you will never forget! I won't tell you how one does this...I do NOT recommend you ever go off state run trails unless you have a Local Guide who is willing to take you down the road less traveled.
So lets stick to the State Park info and walk/hike to the vantage and view point of these falls from the park:
This State Park is a very lush and wet one…I enjoyed it more then most state parks I have been to. You get two treats here…You can see not only Akaka Falls here, but also Kahuna Falls on this fun little trek. You could spend hours here, filming or taking photos even though the walk/hike is so short. This is a very wet area of the Big Island, but then again, most of BI is…but just be prepared to get wet just incase.
Parking is the big issue here for me…Only a few years ago Hawaii has been putting in place the “CHARGE TOURISTS AND SCREW THEM IN THE PUKA AGAIN FEE”
It’s not as if Tourists don’t have to pay enough just to get to HAWAII and for rental cars, hotels etc…Hey, Hawaii want’s to screw you some more with a sort of Attraction TAX on top of every other tax Vacationers get screwed with in Hawaii. Well, park right outside the park and walk in for a $1.00. Locals get in FREE. Another issue has been the HUGE BUS TOURS entering these famous locations…it’s just become a damn shame…Locals are starting to crack down with local meetings and hearings as these sacred beautiful areas have no longer become sacred and special to locals, they have now been taken over by the STATE RUN TRAVEL INDUSTRY. It’s best to do yourself and everyone else a favor when coming to major populated local attractions on all the islands…take your own rental car or go on a small eco friendly local guided tours….things have changed so much here in Hawaii…and we only have money and greed to blame for it.
When I come here I go “Wayde’s Way” and that way is down the road less traveled…off the main path and to the actual waterfalls. Very few local guides do this, but you can find them. Look, but don’t touch….yeah…That’s just not my style….What’s yours?
- Akaka Falls State ParkMember ofFamily TravelersMay 07, 2014
Impressive water fall with a 400+ft drop. We liked that you could take a little circular hike through the tropical foliage to see the falls. A few steps here and there, but not strenuous at all. The loop takes about 20 minutes.