Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Derek Paiva
posted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM
Where: Honomu, Big Island
Height: 422 ft.
Waterway: Kolekole Stream
Access: From downtown Hilo, head north on Hawaii Belt Road. Turn right on Route 220 (after 13-mile marker) into Honomu town. Akaka Falls is at the end of Route 220.
Akaka Falls was far and away our Facebook ohana’s favorite Hawaii waterfall, receiving nearly three times the votes of its closest competition. Many of you confessed to visiting Akaka Falls numerous times. A few make it a must-stop on every Big Island visit. Even Big Island residents return again and again to take in Akaka Falls grand visual splendor. Count us among the waterfall's biggest fans.
Nearly halfway into a short loop-trail through a luxuriant upslope rainforest (and past another stunning cascade, Kahuna Falls), your view suddenly opens to the one in the photos here: Akaka Falls plunging 422 feet into its deep, foliage-lined gorge. Few Hawaii waterfalls of this height are as easily accessible as Akaka, which contributes to its immense popularity. One of our favorite things to do? Taking first-timer visitors to Akaka Falls and watching their reaction. The bonus for us? Yet another reason to visit the falls again.
Click on the links below for the Top 5 results of our previous HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll questions:
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii-filmed TV series ever
• Top 5 favorite natural wonders of Hawaii
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii plate lunch foods
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii small towns
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii-filmed movies
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii snacks
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii beaches
Photos: Wikipedia Commons (pg. 2, 3, 5-top), Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Kirk Lee Aeder (pg. 4), Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/Tor Johnson (pg. 1, top; pg. 5, bottom)
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