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by Chris & Carinne
January 11, 2012
From journal The Last State
New York, New York
January 26, 2007
From journal A Day on Hawaii
Pompton plains, New Jersey
January 17, 2007
From journal Big Island Action
East Berlin, Pennsylvania
April 29, 2006
From journal Hawaii Vacation: The Adventure Continues
Port Angeles, Washington
May 26, 2003
I looked around me. It was! I could picture them fluttering their wings as they flitted from tree to flower to moss-covered log. Most people go to Akaka Falls State Park to see Akaka Falls (strangly enough!), but my favorite part was definitely the plants. The philodenron leaves were larger than me. There were vines growing off of banyan trees, vines and ferns growing off of everything, and lush green on all sides. The ginger, orchids, heliconia, hibiscus, and bamboo provided texture and color in the green. There were literally tunnels of vegetation.
All this vegetation, and two great waterfalls, can be seen on a ½ mile ranforest loop trail. We went to the right first and came to 100 foot Kahuna Falls first. It was a bit hard to see because it was pretty far off the trail, but it was nice anyway. The star of the show was next. Akaka Falls is 442 feet tall and falls as a sheer drop. It is close to the trail so it is front-row-center for viewing. The vertical walls around Akaka Falls are covered in moss, hanging flowers, and ferns.
Akaka Falls State Park is a great spot to stop for a short hike if you are in the Hilo area. It is located north of Hilo on Hwy 220, off of Hwy 19, between mile marker 13 and 14. Turn west and follow the signs for about 4 miles.
A visit to Akaka Falls State Park can be combined with other stops in the nearby area like Kolekole Beach Park, Pepe,ekeo Scenic Drive, the World Botanical Garden, and the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Garden. Or, have a waterfall day and also visit Rainbow Falls, Pe’epe’e Falls, and Boiling Pots near Hilo along with Akaka Falls.
From journal Big Island Camping Adventures and Cool Places
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 3, 2003
A three quarters of a mile circuit runs past two falls. Take it counterclock wise for the best views. There's a bamboo thicket along the way, with some BIG bamboo. The first waterfall is Kahuna, where there's a short branch path to the best view. Then the trail leads uphill along the cliffside. It's steep, but take your time. Lush ginger, heliconia, ferns, and orchids make it worthwhile to daudle.
At Akaka Falls, a small shelter and an overlook area make a long stop possible. You'll want to. This 420 foot free fall is one of the most spectacular.
From journal Big Island Attractions
by Gwilym Owen
September 6, 2002
When we were there, there were several stalls selling various things including coconuts that were ‘scalped’ for a refreshing drink.
The trail is a pleasant self-guided loop walk of about half a mile, which descends into a glade of tropical rain forest. It is best to turn right at the fork as going this way will allow you to save the best till last. At first you seem to go down into a small depression cut by a stream; in this area is a grove of some of the largest bamboo I’ve ever seen, which is fantastic to walk through.
After that the trail heads up a small rise before there is another fork where you can take a slight detour and see another, impressive cascading waterfall called ‘Kahuna Falls’, as a taster to the main event.
Another 10 minutes up the ridge is the star attraction of Akaka Falls! The water free-falls spectacularly over a sheer rock cliff into a pool 442ft below. These are the highest falls on the island and well worth the pilgrimage!
Note: There are no petrol stations nearby, with the closest being back in Hilo.
From journal Big Island Adventure
July 9, 2001
From journal Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 26, 2000
From journal A Week in Hawaii