The Hawaiian archipelago is home to hundreds of waterfalls, many of which would be considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world. From Molokai to Kauai, here are some of Hawaii’s most stunning waterfalls that really need to be seen in order to be truly appreciated.
Waianuenue Falls, Big Island
Also known as Rainbow Falls, Waianuenue Falls is at its best when there has been a heavy rain but is still impressive otherwise. These falls cascade 80 feet down into a deep plunge, which is surrounded by lush greenery, and makes a great spot for an afternoon swim, while the natural lava cave next to it really adds to the tropical atmosphere. The best time to visit these falls is in the morning, as the sparkling light will show you exactly why this waterfall has been named Rainbow Falls.
Akaka Falls, Big Island
The Akaka Falls is the most popular waterfall on Big Island, mostly due to the fact that other waterfalls of this size require quite a bit of effort to visit, whereas the Akaka Falls is so easily accessible. Measuring 422 feet in height, the falls can be accessed via a short loop trail that takes you through a gorgeous rainforest, which suddenly opens up to a spectacular view of the waterfall. To make the trip even better, you will also pass by the Kahuna Falls on the way, which is another view that you will not want to miss.
Waimoku Falls, Maui
The Waimoku Falls can be found at the end of the Pipiwai Trail, which many would say is the best hiking trail on the Hawaiian archipelago. Located within the protected grounds of the Haleakala National Park, the waterfall measures 400 feet, and flows throughout the year, but still has easy access to its base. A hike along the Pipiwai Trail is a must if you are looking to check out these falls, but the hike itself will also be a memorable one, as you will pass by several other gorgeous waterfalls along the way, as well as a bamboo forest.
Waipoo Falls, Kauai
The Waipoo Falls can be found on the drier side of Kauai, and only really flows during the wet season, but, while catching a glimpse of these falls may be tricky, the incredible backdrop of the Waimea Canyon all around it makes it definitely worthwhile. The vibrant colors of the canyon, which is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, really sets off the falls, and there are a number of different viewing areas around it where you can stop off to enjoy the scenery.
Sacred Falls, Oahu
Measuring an impressive 1100 feet, the Sacred Falls is the most breathtaking waterfall on Oahu, but, after an unfortunate landslide in the area in 1999, direct access to the falls has been closed to the public. Nevertheless, for those eager to catch a glimpse of this beauty, a helicopter ride is the way to go, and while this may cost more than a simple hike, the aerial views that you will enjoy will no doubt make it worthwhile.
Hawaii boasts so many different stunning waterfalls, each one different from the last. Whether you are looking for something easily accessible or secluded and hidden, these are some of the must-see falls that every visitor to Hawaii should try to check out.