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Akaka Falls Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Honomu
Summary
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeWaterfall
The trail is located in the rainy Hamakua coast and passes through a rainforest of Azalea, Gardenia, Hibiscus, Ti Leaf, Tree Ferns, Ohia Lehua, Bird of paradise, banana and many other tropical species. The trail takes you to two big waterfalls-the 100-foot Kahuna Falls and the 442-foot Akaka Falls.

You begin the trail at the rim of the parking lot and ascend for a few yards follow the path on the right. Then descend a few steps to enter a forest of giant bamboo trees. Wait for some time on the bridge over the small stream and enjoy the forest of towering bamboo trees. After few minutes of the trail you will come to a spur trail that ends at the Kahuna Falls, falling some 100 feet into Kolekole Stream. From here the trail climbs a small hill and passes through a grove banyan trees and ends at the Akaka Falls overlook.
Users
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Best time to go
October to April

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 51.241' N
155° 9.136' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive 13 miles north taking Hwy.19 from Hilo and turn left at Honomu and again turn right to Akaka Falls Road. You need to drive another 3.5 miles to reach Akaka Falls State Park.
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Weather Report for Honomu, HI
Partly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows around 69 at the shore to around 55 at 4000 feet. West winds around 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 69.3° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 29.97"
Dew Point: 66.9° F

Winds from the SSW at 1.1 mph gusting to 2.5 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.20"

Sunrise: 6:17 AM
Sunset: 5:52 PM
Weather reported from Orchidland Estates, Keaau, HI (KHIKEAAU15)
Forecast
Sunday
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs around 81 at the shore to around 70 at 4000 feet. Light winds becoming southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Lows around 72 at the shore to around 58 at 4000 feet. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 69 to 86. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 45 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Monday Night
Cloudy with occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 52 to 74. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 50 mph decreasing to 40 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:19 PM
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