Akaka falls state park is located on the eastern side on the Island of Hawaii, not too far from Hilo. It is home to the beautiful 442 ft tall Akaka Falls, one of the most popular tourist spots on Big Island.
It is a gorgeous park in a lush green rainforest setting. A short paved trail through the forest leads to the waterfall lookout. The walk is extremely pleasant and has many pretty flowers and plants to look at. Section of the trail leading to Kahuna falls was closed off for repairs.
The fruit vendor just outside park entrance sells coconut water, pineapples and other delicious hawaiian fruits, great for a hot day.
We used Fuji X-T1 with 18-55mm lens. As a secondary camera Fuji X-70.
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Where to Stay: We stayed in a vacation rental in Volcano town close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Check out other options. For accommodations near the falls check here.
Hours and Cost: Open 8:30 am - 6 pm.
$5 per car or $1 per person for pedestrians. Locals visit for free.
Trail: Flat paved trail with steps involved.
What to Bring: Umbrella or rain jacket, sunscreen, water, hat, sunglasses and a camera.
Things to do in the area: Check out Rainbow Falls and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.