How to Visit Gorgeous Akaka Falls State Park (+ Map)

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There are so many astoundingly beautiful places to visit on the Big Island. This is a quick guide to Akaka Falls State Park, home of one of the most famous waterfalls on the island.

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Planning your Big Island trip last minute?

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Tours that go to famous Big Island attractions:

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About Akaka Falls State Park

Akaka Falls State Park is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, approximately 11 miles away from Hilo on the Hamakua Coast.

It has the same name as Akaka Falls, the famous waterfall that is located there and is the biggest attraction within the Big Island state park!

Akaka Falls State Park
Akaka Falls State Park
How to visit Akaka Falls
How to visit Akaka Falls

Akaka Falls is 442-feet tall and is such a breathtaking sight!

Another waterfall, Kahuna Falls, is located within the park and it is a 100-foot tall waterfall.

Kahuna Falls in Akaka Falls State Park
Kahuna Falls in Akaka Falls State Park

How to Get to Akaka Falls State Park

Distance-wise, Akaka Falls State Park is easily accessible from Hilo and can be reached by public transportation (part of the way), taxi, or by rental car.

To get to Akaka Falls State Park by bus, it is necessary to take a bus from Hilo to Wainaku Park. It departs every 2 hours and it takes approximately 25 minutes. The ticket price is about $2. From there, you will need to get a taxi the rest of the way which can be upwards of $10-$17.

Click here to see the interactive map to Akaka Falls State Park

To take a taxi to Akaka Falls from Hilo, it will be about $20 one way and the ride is around 10 minutes.

However, we definitely recommend renting a car on the Big Island.  It makes the day trip to Akaka Falls State Park simple and you can visit many other sights along the way or nearby.

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Popular Hikes in Akaka Falls State Park

One of the most well-known, easy hikes to Akaka Falls in Akaka Falls State Park is located in Hakalau. It is a heavily trafficked 0.5-mile loop hiking trail.

Getting Around Akaka Falls
Getting Around Akaka Falls

There is truly no best time to head out on the trail as it is almost always crowded. You will most definitely see other hikers along the route.

Info for Visiting Akaka Falls State Park

Akaka Falls State Park is open every day and its hours are from 8am until 5pm.

Locals can visit the park without charge. For non-residents, the cost to visit the state park is $5 per person. Young children are free. You can pay only with a credit card.

Akaka Falls State Park entrance

Akaka Falls flora

Please be aware that there is also a parking fee of $10 for non-residents and non-commercial vehicles.

Check out Akaka Falls State Park’s website for additional information and to plan your visit!

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