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Description - 'Akaka Falls State Park is one gems of the windward side of the the Big Island. The park encompasses 66 acres of lush tropical forest and two scenic waterfalls.

Attractions - The site offers a moderately difficult but well-maintained, paved loop trail, one-half mile in length. The trail leads through tropical rain forest, leading to viewpoints overlooking two beautiful waterfalls, cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling 'Akaka Falls which drops 442 feet into a steep gorge. Restroom facilities are located at the trailhead.

Recreation - This park is rich in scenic beauty, that lends itself well to photography and opportunities for viewing tropical scenery. The lush terrain also provides excellent opportunities for plant identification. A paved walking path leads visitors to the waterfalls offering a short hike requiring some physical exertion.

Climate - The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

Location - This state park lies on the windward side of the Big Island north of Hilo. The site can be accessed from Akaka Falls Road via Hawaii Belt Road.

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Filed By: John Wise (Firestone, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: What an awesome sight. Who would have believed what we were in for when we pulled into the parking area. My suggestion is to take the path to the right when you visit. That leaves Akaka Falls as the final stop of the tour. Keep your eyes open as you're standing there viewing the falls and you are likely to see stray groups of orchids and other flowers. Don't just walk up and say 'Wow' and pop off a few pictures. Take the time to carefully view every plant, rock, and tree you can see. You'll be amazed at what is hidden amidst the beauty. There are a few pictures on my website...go to the Hawaii page (especially check out the image of the lonely white orchids...that's part of Akaka Falls in the background). I'll be putting more up soon.

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Report: Yes you must see Akaka Talls. Its worth the drive from the west side of the island. The walk though the rain forest and falls view is easy. It feels like you are in a Hollywood set of Jurassic Park

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Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking A 0.5 mile hike leads to the waterfalls.
ICON Plant Identification Opportunities for viewing tropical vegetation.
ICON Viewing Scenery Two scenic waterfalls and tropical forest.

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Additional Information:
Big Island (Hawaii) - This island is known as 'The Big Island', due to its size, which is nearly double that of the others in the archipelago combined. Hawaii has a plethora of natural areas including Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Big Island State Parks - The Big Island contains 14 state-administered park sites. The sites pervade the island and protect properties of natural, historical and cultural significance.
Hawaii State Parks - Hawai'i's State Park System is comprised of 52 state parks encompassing nearly 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands.


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