Located about 20 minutes north of Hilo Town
, Akaka Falls
has a breathtaking drop of 422 feet. Nestled in the rainforest of Hawaii's Big Island, the best view of the falls is just under a half-mile hike up the trail. The Kolekole stream feeds the waterfall, and runs about 12 miles from the slopes of Mauna Kea
to the sea.
Ancient Hawaiian legend holds that when an Ohia Lehua tree strikes the Pohaku a Pele rock, it causes it to rain and brings the waterfall energy.