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Akaka Falls State Park – Big Island

Akaka Falls State Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and is at the end of ‘Akaka Falls Road (Highway 220), right around 3.5 miles southwest of Honomu. The park offers a chance for visitors to see tons of lush vegetation, amazing scenic points, and a couple of great waterfalls, Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls.

Akaka Falls Loop Trail

The main area of Akaka Falls State Park is the Akaka Falls Loop Trail. This is a hiking trail that sends you in a loop around the park and offers up some amazing things to see.

The self guided hike takes you through plenty of vegetation, and also leads you to several scenic points that overlook the two main falls within the park, Kahuna Falls and Akaka Falls. The latter, plunges over 440 feet into a gorge and is quite a site to behold. The loop trail is only about a half mile long, so you may need some physical exertion, but it is not tough at all and is great for the entire family to enjoy.

Trailhead Location

The trailhead to Kaka Falls Loop is easy to spot, as it is located right off of the parking area. There is actually plenty of pavement and stairs in a lot of places, which make the loop hike even more ideal for families to enjoy. You can even take the path to the right, which is very short and will take you right to Akaka Falls, only a short distance from where you parked. Below you will find some other important stats on the Akaka Park Loop Trail.

Trail Length: 0.4 mi. loop
Activity: Pedestrian
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain: Lush, tropical
Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Operating Hours and Entrance Fee

Akaka Falls State Park is open daily and there is an entrance fee. You can expect to pay $5 per car, or $1 per person if you are walking into the park. Other fees for vehicles include:

• 1-7 passenger vehicles: $10.00
• 8-25 passenger vehicles: $20.00
• 26 + passenger vehicles: $40.00

Akaka Falls State Park is not an advanced hike and no camping is allowed. However, the park is one of the more popular destinations on the Big Island due to the fact that the park is family friendly and has a couple of the best waterfalls on the Big Island, not to mention the are easily accessible.

If you find yourself on the Big Island of Hawaii, then make sure you drop by Akaka Falls State Park.

Hawaii Tourism