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Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results


We asked you to chase a few waterfalls for us, and you did.

The votes have been tallied from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll question: “What’s your favorite Hawaii waterfall?” And we’ve got your Top 5!

Hawaii is home to hundreds of spectacular waterfalls, many of these among the most beautiful in the world.  Travel the Islands and you’ll find waterfalls of all heights and sizes on just about every type of terrain, from deep in the mountains and rain forests of Kauai to seacliffs along the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast.

There are waterfalls in Hawaii accessible only by arduous hiking trails, and some just outside of population centers like Honolulu, Hilo and Kapaa. Other waterfalls are so remote they can only be seen by air. On Maui’s winding Hana Highway, whose rustic bridges cross dozens of mountain streams, it’s possible to even drive up to several lush roadside cascades.

We knew our poll question was a tough one the moment we thought it up. But we found out readers were really having an exceptionally tough time choosing a favorite Hawaii waterfall the moment comments like these started rolling in:

“Love them all … How can anyone choose!!!” – Tammy Monahan

“Any one I am near, because it means I’m in Hawaii!!!” - Herb Ayer

“That’s like asking which one of your kids is your favorite—all unique, all awesome, all special.” – Lori J. Hernandez

At one point during voting, our Facebook ohana’s rapidly growing list of favorite waterfalls proved too enticing for reader Josie Romero, who commented, “OMG this page is killing mmmmeeeeeeeeeee!” We hope you return to Hawaii to visit 'em all soon, Josie!

If you’d like to join in on our next poll and vote along with our growing Facebook fan page ohana, click here. Become a HAWAII Magazine Facebook fan and you’ll get our “Hawaii favorite” poll questions as soon as we post them, and also get instant updates on your Facebook wall when we post all of our daily HawaiiMagazine.com stories and features.

We'll be posting our next Ohana Poll question on HAWAII Magazine's Facebook fan page in the days ahead, so join soon if you haven’t yet.

But first, here’s the Top 5 countdown of our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii waterfalls:


Waimoku Falls

Where: Kipahulu, Maui
Height: 400 ft.
Waterway: Pipiwai Stream
Access: 3- to 5-hour hike on Pipiwai Trail from Pools of Oheo (aka Seven Sacred Pools) at Haleakala National Park’s Kipahulu Visitor Center, 10 miles south of Hana on Hana Highway.

It isn’t easy to get to Waimoku Falls. First off, there’s the winding Hana Highway, which you have to drive all the way to Haleakala National Park’s oceanside Kipahulu Visitor Center, 10 miles beyond Hana. Then there’s a two-mile hike up Oheo Gulch, crossing Pipiwai Stream several times and a thick bamboo forest. But, oh, what a reward when the trail ends with a full view of Waimoku—the largest waterfall on Maui.

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