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Wailua Falls, Lihue

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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Although Wailua Falls once served as a jumping point for proving manhood, today the natural wonder is a popular destination for hikers and photographers. Normally, the falls split into two streams, and occasionally break into three; they can become one wild stream during particularly rainy periods. A short walk from the parking area will deliver you to a view from above. A longer hike down through the forest gives you a view from the bottom up. This hike is steep, muddy, and slippery, so it is usually discouraged. If you decide to give it a try, take plenty of water and bug spray. Plan trip to Lihue with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Easy to get to the waterfall. Unfortunately you cannot see the full thing from above on the road. Would still recommend as it is a short drive to see it. 
    Easy to get to the waterfall. Unfortunately you cannot see the full thing from above on the road. Would still recommend as it is a short drive to see it.  more »
  • I would say it was worth the trip down. Bunch of people going around the fencing into the “danger area” but we didn’t do that. We were happy with the pictures from up top, parking was rough but worth....  more
    I would say it was worth the trip down. Bunch of people going around the fencing into the “danger area” but we didn’t do that. We were happy with the pictures from up top, parking was rough but worth....  more »
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  • Beautiful but it was hard to get a good shot of the falls with the overgrown brush on the side of the road
  • Beautiful views from above the falls but be aware you are unable to access hiking paths to hike down to the falls from the parking lot and lookout point.

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