Trail Details


Trail Name: ‘Akaka Falls Trail Loop
Trail Length: 0.4 mile loop
Activity: Pedestrian
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 442 ft
Island: “Big Island” Hawai’i
More Info: $1 for walk-ins, $5 for cars

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Descriptions: This is a pleasant self-guided walk through the Akaka Falls State Park.  This trail takes you to two gorgeous waterfalls through lush tropical vegetation to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls, which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. The 0.4-mile loop footpath requires some physical exertion. (65.4 acres).  Akaka Falls is arguably Hawaii’s most famous waterfalls and has been featured in many movies and TV shows filmed in Hawaii.

Route: The ‘Akaka Falls Trail Loop is located just off the parking lot. The paved route, which includes multiple steps in places (not wheelchair accessible), makes an easy to follow loop offering stunning viewpoints of the two waterfalls. To view ‘Akaka Falls only, take the path to the left (south) from the first junction. The waterfall view is just a short walk down the path.

Directions: End of ‘Akaka Falls Road (Highway 220), 3.6 miles southwest of Honomu.


Akaka Falls

At Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, you can see two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. The pleasant 0.4-mile uphill hike will take you through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns.

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Hawai’ian Vowels

     Hawai'i is the only state in the U.S. to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English.  Pidgin is a unofficial 3rd language made up from many local slang words pulled from all aspects of island life and culture.

     Below are some basics to make reading and pronouncing Hawai’ian words and trail names easier. The written Hawai’ian language is based on English letters however there are only eight consonants and five vowels.

Five Vowels:

a = “ah

e = “ay”

i = “ee”

o = “oh”

u = “oo”

Eight Consonants:

H = Same as English

K = Same as English

L = Same as English

M = Same as English

N = Same as English

P = Same as English

W = After i and e pronounced v

W = After u and o pronounced like w

W = At the start of a word or after a pronounced like w or v

‘ = ‘Okina – a glottal stop Two special characters are used to spell Hawai’ian words properly.

The okina(indicated as a single opening quotation mark, ‘). The okina indicates a stop similar to that heard in “uh-oh.”. The kahakōis a small dash (macron) above a vowel and indicates a long or double vowel sound.

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Hawai'i Climate

     There are two seasons in Hawai'i (Summer and Winter).  The Summer months extend from May to October with day time temperature averages in the mid to low 80s °F at sea level and 70s °F in the evenings.  The Winter months are between November and April and as you would imagine they are a bit cooler by about 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

     The Hawai'ian Islands are blessed with the "Prevailing Trade Winds" also referred to as the "Trades."  These cool winds blow fairly consistent from the northeast throughout the year.  Though there are breaks in the Trade Winds and can vary in strength and direction shifting from the South "Kona Winds" and West.  Kona Winds are can generate either clear skies or clouds and rain.

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