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Top 10 Hawaii Waterfalls

It’s pretty tough to narrow down Hawaii’s best waterfalls, simply because they’re all breath taking, no matter which ones you visit. However, some are just more special than others due to their majestic heights, rocky surroundings, lush environments and locations. From accessibility and scenery to longevity and allure, we’ve come up with the 10 best waterfalls in all of Hawaii for you to enjoy. Of course, there are much more than 10, but it’s a start!

1. Rainbow Falls, Hilo:

This 80-foot waterfall features a beautiful cove and tropical flora that’s been photographed hundreds of times over. Legend has it that King Kamehameha buried his father’s bones here. But perhaps even more notable is that this waterfall is part of Hawaii’s longest river, the Wailuku.

2. Wailua Falls, Kauai:

There’s another waterfall with the same name on Maui, but this one’s in Kauai. Featuring a double barrel, this waterfall is highly scenic spanning 80 feet. Perhaps you’ll remember it from the opener of “Fantasy Island,” for which it is most famous. It’s fairly easy to get to and in close proximity to the Garden Isle.

3. Waipoo Falls, Waimea Canyon, Kauai:

This one’s a biggie, at 700 feet highlighted by the majestic Waimea Canyon. You’ll love the colors that burst from the surrounding environment of this beautiful rush of water, a perfect blend of location, scenery and size—the trifecta of waterfalls.

4. Manawaiopuna Falls, Kauai:

Also known as the Jurassic Park Falls, this is the waterfall made famous in the movie about raving dinosaurs. Its sheer enormity makes for a pretty impressive sight. You can’t readily walk to it, but you can take a helicopter ride to view it.

5. Sacred Falls, Oahu:

Hard to miss, this 1100-foot waterfall is gorgeous and impressive, but like the Jurassic Falls, but you can’t get to it on foot thanks to a landslide that happened in 1999. Now, you’ll have to take a helicopter ride to see it in all its glory.

6. Papalaua Falls, Molokai:

The tallest in Hawaii at 1200 feet, this waterfall is located on the north shore. It’s marked by a narrow stream of water that’s seemingly swallowed up by the valley on the way down.

7. Waimoku Falls, Maui:

This waterfall is an excellent payoff at the end of your hike of the Pipiwai Trail. It’s only 400 feet tall but what a waterfall! Flanked by bamboo forest and rocky cliff, it’s easily accessible and sits in the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park.

8. Akaka Falls, Big Island:

At 420 feet, this waterfall is one of the most impressive waterfalls on the Big Island. It flows all year round and you can easily get there.

9. Kahuna Falls, Big Island:

Every bit as good as Akaka Falls and not too far from it, Kahuna Falls is just as tall yet more difficult to get to.

10. Moaula, Halawa Valley, Molokai:

Located in the Halawa Valley of Molokai, you can swim here and learn a great deal about Hawaiian culture. Although it’s 250 feet tall, it quite possibly has a total drop of 700 feet. Contact Hoku Hawaii Tours if you want to view some of these magnificent natural wonders!