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Opaekaa Falls, Wailua

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ʻŌpaekaʻa Falls is a waterfall located on the ʻŌpaekaʻa Stream in Wailua River State Park on the eastern side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It is a 151-foot (46 m) waterfall that flows over basalt from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Below the ridge down into the ravine through which the water falls can be seen the vertical dikes of basalt that cut through the horizontal Koloa lava flows. The name "ʻŌpaekaʻa" means rolling shrimp, "ʻopae" being Hawaiian for "shrimp," and "kaʻa" for "rolling". The name dates back to days when the native freshwater shrimp Atyoida bisulcata were plentiful in the stream and were seen rolling and tumbling down the falls and into the churning waters at the fall's base.
Visually, this is a spectacular waterfall and is one of the island's few waterfalls that can be seen from the road. It flows year round and therefore is not seasonal. Most of the time it falls in a double cascade but the two sides may become one after a heavy rain.

There is a highway overlook which provides a panoramic view of the 40-foot (12 m) wide falls and the valley below. The best time of day to see the falls is in full sunlight when the water sparkles the most. If the day is cloudy the view is less spectacular.
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  • This is a beautiful waterfall to see in Kauai with easy car parking and no arduous hiking to get there. If you simply want to stop by and see a lovely waterfall and get some great photos, without a... 
    This is a beautiful waterfall to see in Kauai with easy car parking and no arduous hiking to get there. If you simply want to stop by and see a lovely waterfall and get some great photos, without a...  more »
  • We were in the area and saw the sign for Opeeka Falls located in Kauai. There is a scenic lookout near the road that gives a great view and a walkway to get more close-up photos. There are picnic... 
    We were in the area and saw the sign for Opeeka Falls located in Kauai. There is a scenic lookout near the road that gives a great view and a walkway to get more close-up photos. There are picnic...  more »
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  • Excellent opportunity for people who may not be able to hike to other falls in the area to get out of the car and see some beautiful sites. ‘Opaeka’a Falls is a bit far in the distance from the view point but is still a beautiful waterfall. There are restrooms in the parking lot. You can also walk on a paved path towards the falls then cross the street to have an extraordinary view of the Wailua River. There is parking across and down the street as well that also has great views of the Wailua River too and some picnic benches. There are loads of roosters over on that side, definitely kings of the hill!
  • Plenty of parking with restrooms on location. Bummer that the water falls were so far away, but you do get a good view of them from this point. Across the street has an overlook as well thats worth checking out.

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