Top 5 favorite Big Island scenic hiking trails: HAWAII Magazine facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 05:07 PM
AKAKA FALLS LOOP
Akaka Fall State Park is located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast, at the end of Highway 220, also known as Akaka Falls Road. The park — about 3.5 miles away from Honomu, a former sugar plantation town — sprawls over 65 acres with two waterfalls. There’s 100-foot Kahuna Falls and 442-foot Akaka Falls. The short hike to both is along a 0.4-mile paved footpath loop through a lush rainforest filled with wild orchids, bamboo groves and draping ferns. The trailhead is located just off the parking lot. Few Hawaii waterfalls of Akaka’s height are so easily accessible. Consequently, it’s very popular with visitors and residents alike. In a previous facebook poll, our reader ohana ranked Akaka Falls as their favorite Hawaii waterfall. Some readers noted that it’s a must-stop on every Big Island visit. And even Big Island residents are known to return to its visual splendor again and again.
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