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Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll results


No. 1


Where: Honomu, Big Island
Height: 422 feet
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. 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.


Click on the links below for the Top 5 results from previous HAWAII Magazine facebook ohana poll questions.

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Photos: Page 1 - (top) Wainuenue Falls (Rainbow Falls),Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA); (middle) Waihi Waiele (Waimea Falls)/ Wikimedia Commons; (bottom); Kaliuwaa Falls (Sacred Falls) Wikimedia Commons. Page 2 -  Wainuenue Falls (Rainbow Falls) Kirk Lee Aeder/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Page 3 - (top) Waimoku Falls, (bottom) Hilawe Falls, both Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Page 4 - Wailua Falls,Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Page 5 - Akaka Falls (top)Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA); (bottom) Wikimedia Commons. 

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