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Akaka Falls Trail

Hawaii > The Big Island > Honomu
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating8 / 10
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.

Best time to go
October to April


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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
Mostly clear with a 20 percent chance of showers. Haze after midnight. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 57 at 4000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph.
Temperature: 61.0° F
Relative Humidity: 91%
Pressure: 29.99"
Dew Point: 58.3° F

Winds from the SSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:46 AM
Sunset: 5:43 PM
Weather reported from Hawaiian Paradise Park, Keaau, HI (KHIKEAAU18)
Mostly sunny. Haze through the day. A 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 83 at the shore to around 69 at 4000 feet. South winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph shifting to the east with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 52 at 4000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 80. North winds up to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 45 to 70. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:18 AM
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