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General Information

Description - Park closed indefinitely. (11-22-02)

This state park is named for an 80-foot waterfall that lies at the end of a narrow canyon on the windward coast of O'ahu. The park protects the site that is steeped in Hawaiian legend. The hike to the waterfalls is two miles one way and can be treacherous. Deaths have occurred at the site when flash flooding from distant rains have swept hikers down the canyon. Please note the mountain weather before entering this canyon hike. If there is rain in the forecast find another hike!

Recreation - Hiking, viewing scenery and photography can be enjoyed by visitors at this site.

Climate - The climate is pleasantly mild on O'ahu throughout the year. Temperatures vary annually between 60 and 90 degrees F. Summer temperatures range from 68 to 82 degrees F with the water usually near 80 degrees. Winter temperatures vary from 61 to 80 degrees F with the water temperature close to 77 degrees. More rainfall occurs during the winter than other seasons of the year and most of it falls on the northeastern or windward portion of the island.

Location - This site is located on O'ahu's northern windward coast. It can be accessed from the Kamehameha Highway one mile south of Hau'ula.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Sacred Falls State Park is CLOSED indefinitely. Contact Hawaii State Parks at (808) 587-0300 for more information. Updated: 2002-06-10 16:04:00.0

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Filed By: Lennie (Martinez, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have visited the Island of Oahu many times & have never not hiked to Sacred Falls, including 15 years ago when I proposed to my wife. We will be going back this year & are planning to hike to the falls again, closed or not. It is truly a magical place. Water falls in general are inherently dangerous, and extreme caution is always advised.

Filed By: terri conner (martinsburg , WV)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: To the person who said this happened Memorial Day, if you were there you would know it happened on Mother's Day. I lost someone very close to me in this accident and I don't suggest that you go on that hike. The park is closed and should stay that way. God bless all that lost someone that day.

Filed By: Nicole Kurzhal (Spokane, WA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I lived in hawaii for 3 years when i was very young, i played at the falls almost every day. It was my home away from home! When i returned back to hawaii in summer of 2004 and found the falls closed i couldn't believe it. The hike may be a little dangerous but i feel it's worth the risk. To see something soo beautiful now closed saddens me, i feel they need to reopen the falls and make a few improvment around the area to make it more safe! To keep people from something soo magical isn't right especially when it may mean soo much to some of us. Please reopen it!

Filed By: Dianca P. (Washington , DC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I hiked Sacred Falls when I was a student at HPU, in '98. I was very afraid when I saw the signs that read, "Enter at your own risk." We entered, we were college students and we were fearless. It rained lightly and the rocks became slippery, but all in all, I would recommend this hike. When we got to the falls, we sat on a rock and ate and some of my friends went swimming. It was gorgeous. I was still in Hawaii in school when the landslide happened and I feel bad for the families that lost loved ones during that accident. But if you are as fearless as a college-age student, then go for it!!!!!

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband and I just spent a wonderful week in Oahu. We acutally climed the fence and went into the park. We hiked the whole two miles, and found the most beautiful place on earth. It is a very dangerous hike now since the trail has been closed for some time. I do see why it is closed though. It could be very dangerous if it were to rain. It is definaly beautiful

Filed By: Kate (San Antonio, TX)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am very glad the falls are forever closed. Had the chance to go hiking there in 94 and turned it down. In 99 I found out why as people I loved were killed. Magical beauty is just that; pretty on the outside but totally different when entered. And as for the person who was on 50-60 feet away when the rockslide happened on Memorial Day, I doubt you were there since you have the WRONG holiday. My suggestion, to anyone wanting, hoping, wishing and praying for the falls to re-open: find something else to occupy your time. SAve your petitions and holiday somewhere not so dangerous. Thank you.

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More Information

Contact Information:
Oahu District, Hawaii State Parks, P.O. Box 621, 1151 Punchbowl Street, 131 , Honolulu, HI, 96809, Phone: 808-587-0300

Additional Information:
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.
O'ahu - O'ahu lies in the middle of the Hawaiian archipelago as the third largest island within the chain. Much of the eastern portion of the island is state forest reserve land and open for public use.

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