Akaka Falls

A “must do” hike to Hawaii’s most iconic waterfall

A short yet memorable trek, this trail allows visitors to view the remnants from the violent 1959 eruption of Kilauea Iki. 

The half-mile hike features both a paved path as well as an off-road trail and begins closer to the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park entrance.

This route is laden with cinders from the 60-plus year old eruption that is just beginning to show new signs of life as grass and shrubs take root and flourish amid harsh conditions – one should be prepared for anything from blazing heat to torrential downpours. 

When one takes a closer look at the ground, volcanic debris in the form of glass-like droplets and strands are present. These deposits are called Pele’s Tears and Hair and are named after the native Hawaiian Goddess of Fire.