Visit Akaka Falls & Honomu Town
While the hike to Akaka Falls takes less than half an hour, the view—which attracts an estimated 1 million visitors a year— and fun along the way makes this destination a worthwhile excursion.
Start your exploring with the village of Honomu, 11 miles north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast, now known as the gateway to the falls. It was once a bustling community that catered to the sugar industry, populated with saloons, a hotel-bordello, stores and several churches.
A stroll through this tiny community (population 541) quickly calls to mind remnants of its past with wooden boardwalks, railings and buildings with false fronts housing antique shops, eateries and the century-old Ishigo’s Grocery and Bakery. As you continue along the highway after exploring historic Honomu, keep your eyes peeled for roadside stands such as the Akaka Falls Pit Stop, which offer fresh farm-grown fruits and vegetables. And once you arrive, enjoy the easily accessible view of the renowned waterfalls.
To get to Akaka Falls from Honomu, follow Highway 220 for 3.5 miles. The falls are 442 feet high and provide one of the best photo opportunities on the island.