Waterfalls in Hawaii are some of the most spectacular sights to behold. From magnificent cascades tumbling down rugged cliffs to gentle ribbons of water meandering through lush rainforest, there is something awe-inspiring about these natural wonders. The Hawaiian Islands are blessed with an abundance of breathtaking waterfalls that can be found all across the islands — on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island.
List of Top Hawaiian Falls to Visit
Here are some of our favorite waterfalls in Hawaii we recommend putting on your bucket list the next time you travel.
Akaka Falls – Big Island Hawaii
The largest waterfall in Hawaii is Akaka Falls located on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast near Honomu Village. This stunning cascade drops 442 feet (135 meters) over a sheer cliff into a deep pool below surrounded by lush tropical foliage. It’s no wonder this waterfall has become one of Hawaii’s most popular tourist attractions! Waimoku Falls on Maui’s Road To Hana is another impressive sight worth checking out if you ever find yourself driving around this scenic route. A 400 foot (122 meter) tall curtain of water plunges down a towering lava rock wall covered in dense vegetation — making it especially beautiful during times when rainfall is abundant!
A short 0.4 mile loop trail leads visitors to an observation platform where they can take in panoramic views of this breathtaking cascade as it plunges into Kolekole Stream below.
Wailua Falls – Kauai Island, Hawaii
Wailua Falls – This 80-foot tall tiered waterfall can be found on Kauai and is easily accessible via a paved road leading up to a viewing area right next to it. It’s said that this was once considered sacred by Hawaiian royalty and was used as part of their spiritual ceremonies and rituals.
Opaeka’a Falls – Kauai Island, Hawaii
Opaeka’a Falls situated along the Wailua River Valley near Kapaa town. Opaeka’a Falls stands at 150 feet (45 meters) tall and flows into a tranquil pond beneath. It offer amazing views but can only be seen from afar as it’s safely tucked away from tourists due to its high level of danger associated with swimming or climbing activities .
Waipoo Falls – Kauai Island, Hawaii
One of Kauai’s tallest falls at 800 feet high, Waipoo offers stunning views from both land or air (via helicopter). The hike down takes about 1 hour but if you don’t feel like making the trek there are plenty spots along Waimea Canyon Road where you can catch glimpses from afar.
Manoa Falls – Honolulu, Hawaii
Oahu also offers several great spots for waterfall viewing including Manoa Waterfall which cascades down 300 feet (91 meters) off Pali Lookout Trail near Honolulu; Laie Waterfall located between Kahuku Village and Laie Point State Park; Kaena Point Waterfall which originates from Mauna Loa mountain range before dropping 250 feet (76 metres); Waimea Valley Stream which winds its way through Waimea Valley Nature Reserve before plummeting 600 Feet(183 Meters);
Koolau Mountains Falls – Oahu, Hawaii
Koolau Mountains Waterfall located within Ahupu Ridge Trail; Moanalua Middle Ridge & Puuwaawaawao Trails featuring multiple small streams flowing throughout various parts of Oahu; Nuuanu Pali Lookout where cool misty air often envelops visitors standing at its lookout point overlooking windward coastlines; Kalihiwai Stream originating from Kalihiwai ridge area eventually spilling into Kalihiwai Bay nearby Princeville Resort Area and Kipapa Stream situated along Mililani Town offering hikers scenic views while trekking up towards Mount Kaala summit trailhead .
Waimoku Falls – Maui, Hawaii
Waimoku Falls – Arguably one of Maui’s most famous waterfalls, Waimoku stands at 400 feet high and is accessed via Pipiwai Trail located within Haleakala National Park near Hana town . Be sure to bring your camera because once you reach this impressive cascade surrounded by
lush jungle foliage you won’t want to miss out capturing its beauty!
Hanakapi’ai Falls – Kauai, Hawaii
Situated deep within Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai , Hanakapiai cascades over two tiers before spilling into an idyllic pool below which makes for a perfect swimming spot during summer months when waters aren’t too strong or dangerous due to flash floods etc.. In order get here though hikers must first complete an 8 mile round trip journey through rugged terrain so make sure you come prepared!
Kahiwa falls – Molokai Island, Hawaii
Lastly Molokai island boasts two noteworthy falls – Kahiwa falls located south east side offering panoramic views after descending 450 ft.(137 mts.) And Papalauahi Stream hidden away within Halawa valley offering travelers picturesque scenes after completing treacherous road journeys leading up to its entrance gateways .
Whether you’re looking for an easy hike or seeking more adventurous trails, there’s sure to be a waterfall experience that suits your taste somewhere among these enchanting islands! With so many different types and sizes available year round, Hawaii truly does have something special waiting for everyone who wants to explore its magical beauty!
Location of Waterfalls in Hawaii
Check out our Hawaii Waterfalls Map for even more cascading falls to explore!