Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM
In Hawaii, 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. While some are easily accessible, others serve as scenic payoff for an arduous hike. Still others are so remote they can only be seen by air.
We’ve counted all of the votes from our latest HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll question: What’s your favorite Hawaii waterfall? The top five vote-getters are on the pages ahead. Mahalo for sharing your picks!
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No. 5 (tie)
WAIHI WAILELE (WAIMEA FALLS)
Where: North Shore (Waimea Valley), Oahu
Height: 45 feet
Access: paved trail (one mile) inside Waimea Valley (operated by Hiipaka)
The easygoing stroll to the falls is along a paved trail lined with lush tropical botanical gardens and structural remnants from Early Hawaiian communities. Visitors may cool off in the pool under the picturesque waterfall. Waimea Valley’s 1,875 acres is operated by the nonprofit Hiipaka, which offers a variety of cultural education/conservation programs and activities. For information about admission fees at Waimea Valley, click here.
KALIUWAA FALLS (SACRED FALLS)
Where: Hauula, Oahu
Height: 80 feet
Access: Closed to public. Visible by air tours
The hiking trail to Kaliuwaa Falls, better known to most as Sacred Falls, has been closed to the public since May 1999, following a rockslide in the steep, narrow canyon surrounding the waterfall that killed eight people and injured 50. Sacred Falls State Park is now closed indefinitely. But you can still view Sacred Falls by Oahu air tours, which offer an amazing view of the waterfall and canyon straight up into the Koolau mountain range.
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