Visit Akaka Falls & Honomu Town

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - HILO/HAMAKUA COAST -

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.

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