I call this the "postcard shot." Akaka Falls resides in the appropriately named Akaka Falls State Park, which is just a short car ride from the town of Hilo on the Big Island. Park the car for a small fee (based on the number of passengers and type of vehicle, which is inexpensive no matter what) and you are on your way to this view. The loop trail is a touch shy of half a mile, and while there is a mild grade to it, and some stairs, it's entirely paved and very easy to manage. The entire visit at a leisurely pace takes about 40 minutes. Along the way you'll be greeted by lush tropical foliage, and the sounds of wildlife, as you approach your very own postcard shot.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
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‘Akaka Falls, Hawaii 96720, USA