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The 5 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Hawaii

Waterfalls in Hawaii are among the most beautiful in the world…and there are more than enough to choose from.

Every island has them, and each one offers visitors a special sight. In fact, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world – with all heights, sizes and types located on the four main islands of Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island.

Some can only be accessed via long hikes or seen from helicopter rides, but they are all worth while – which is why we’ve put together the top five most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii:

1. Akaka Falls, The Big Island

Take the short loop-trail to see the brilliant 422 foot of water that makes up Akaka Falls.

Located on the landscape-rich island of The Big Island, Akaka Falls is one of the most popular attractions on the island. There are few waterfalls in the world that are this large that can be seen this close.

Trek through The Big Island’s beautiful rainforest to reach Akaka Falls, the second largest waterfall in Hawaii.

2. Waimoku Falls, Maui

The 400-ft-high Waimoku Falls is located in the Kipahula district of Maui.

To reach the waterfall you have to take a 3-5 hour trek along the Pipiwai Trail at Haleakala National Park. And in order to get to the park you have to drive along the winding Hana Highway – never an easy feat. The hike is also no walk in the park with dense bamboo forests and streams to cross.

However, when you arrive at the waterfall you will realise it was all worth it. Afterall, it is one of the largest waterfalls in Hawaii.

3. Kaliuwaa Falls (Sacred Falls), Oahu

On the island of Oahu you will find the 80-foot-high Kaliuwaa Falls, also known as the Sacred Falls.

Sadly, the hiking trail to the falls has been closed since 1999 when an unfortunate rockslide killed eight hikers here. This was largely due to the instability of the canyon, so it’s not recommended to walk across this trail or attempt to reach the waterfalls today. The only way you can see the Falls is by taking a flight over the top.

If you do take an Oahu Helicopter Tour to see this famous landmark, you won’t regret it.

4. Wailua Falls, Kauai

To reach Wailua Falls on the island of Kauai you can simply drive.

The road will take you to the top of this 80-foot-tall waterfall which looks especially stunning when there have been heavy rains. Historically, Hawaiian men would leap from the edge of this waterfall and into the pool below in a bid to confirm their manliness.

However, please don’t do this – it’s extremely dangerous and should not be attempted.

5. Wainuenue Falls (Rainbow Falls), The Big Island

Wainuenue Falls looks unbelievably impressive when the Mauna Kea rains fill the river and it is overloaded with water, and it looks great all year round too.

Take a short trail to the top of the 80-foot cascade, but try to get there as early as you can so you can see why they call it Rainbow Falls. From this trail, you can also see the landscape below the falls, which includes a green gorge with a deep plunge pool and a natural lava cave.


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