The beautiful waterfalls of Hawaii

Hawaii is not only one of the top places to vacation in the world but it also has some of the best waterfalls around. This article summarizes some of the best waterfalls in Hawaii.

There are a number of reasons to visit Hawaii for a vacation.  People have sought out all that the islands have to offer for more than one hundred years.  One of the attributes of Hawaii that often gets overlooked though is the scenic beauty found inland away from the shore.  Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire world and most of them are accessible fairly easily too.  A simple hike is usually all it takes to get to the scene of one of these spectacular locations.  While most postcards, brochures, and even vacation photos seem to show the coastal areas of Hawaii, there are also beautiful areas located inland as well.

Here is a look at six great waterfalls worth visiting in Hawaii.

Akaka Falls

Located in Akaka Falls State Park on the big island of Hawaii, Akaka Falls are simply gorgeous.  The trail it takes to reach the falls is less than a half mile in length and leads the traveler through some of the most beautiful scenery available.  The trail is paved and passes by many small waterfalls on the way to the main falls.  Some of the many plants seen in the area include bamboo, torch ginger, and bird of paradise.  Akaka Falls itself plummets over 440 feet down a gorge that is completely covered in green vegetation.  There is a clear view of the falls available and it is a great location for picture taking.  The trail continues on up to Kahuna Falls which is also worth the time it takes to get there but is less impressive because part of the falls is obscured by the surrounding trees.


Waiilikahi Falls
There are two main ways to get to Wai'ilikahi Falls.  The first is via a strenuous trail that is not for the inexperienced hiker.  In fact, it is usually recommended that this hike not be attempted in one day.  Camping is possible along portions of the trail into the falls and those having the time available in their schedule would be gaining one of the best experiences available by camping there.  There are more than ten streams that need to be crossed on the way into the Waimanu Valley where the falls can be found, and there are also a large number of minor falls located there too.  The second way to see the falls is by helicopter tour and this is far more enjoyable on a number of levels.  Wai'ilikahi Falls are more than 1,000 feet high and are located on the big island of Hawaii.

Waimoku Falls
Located on the island of Maui, Waimoku Falls is one of the more popular waterfalls in the area to see.  The trail into the falls is a little over four miles round-trip and though it gains some elevation, novice hikers should be able to complete the trip.  On the way into Waimoku Falls, visitors will be treated to a view of Makahiku Falls which is also a very beautiful sight.  The water going over Waimoku Falls tumbles approximately 400 feet down and is a great sight to see.  The tallest of all waterfalls located on Maui, Waimoku Falls creates a wonderful picture from below when looking up the lava rock walls towards the top.

Makamaka'ole Falls
Falling a total of 270 feet, Makamaka'ole Falls is another of the many impressive waterfalls found on the island of Maui.  To gain access to the falls, a trek down the Waihee Ridge Trail is required.  The falls are best viewed from a lookout point roughly one mile into the trek.  Makamaka'ole Falls plummets in two separate cascades, the second being the longer of the two.  The area surrounding the falls is covered in thick vegetation, sometimes obscuring the upper portion.

Hanakapiai Falls
Hanakapiai Falls plummets over four hundred feet down a rocky cliff on the island of Kauai and though beautiful, is not necessarily a waterfall that casual travelers will make the effort to see.  The trail into the falls is a little over four miles in length, the last two of which are extremely difficult.  Experienced hikers should be able to make the trip without too much difficulty, but they will work up quite a sweat doing so.  Gaining access to the base of the falls means the hiker will be traveling through several small bamboo forests.  The views achieved at the back of the canyon are a great payoff for those that undertake such a trip, and the photos they take there will surely be some of their most treasured.

Waipo'o Falls
Also located on the island of Kauai is Waipo'o Falls which is one of the taller waterfalls in the area.  The falls can be reached after a long hike through Koke'e State Park via the Canyon Trail, but the best viewing of the falls can actually be had from any of the several viewpoints available on Highway 550.  The falls are impressive but so are the views of the rest of the Waimea Canyon as well.  The trail into the falls actually leads hikers to the top of the falls where a view of the falling water is actually not possible.  This is another of the fantastic scenic areas that is sometimes even more enjoyable when viewed from the seat of a helicopter tour.

Visit Hawaii for the waterfalls

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Everyone knows that Hawaii is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.  Most of the attentions, and deservedly so, is paid however to the endless beaches, clear blue waters, and secluded coves along the shore.  Hawaii is also home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls that can be found anywhere.  In fact, combining the warm weather found on the islands with the beautiful falls themselves gives a great opportunity to travelers who want to take advantage of it by diving in and enjoying the water as it rushes over their body.  Hawaii's waterfalls are just one more thing that makes it one of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the world.



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Last updated by traveldude on 11/9/2009
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