Known as the Garden Island, Kauai’s impeccable green scenery is penetrated by numerous unforgettable waterfalls. The ability to view Kauai’s waterfalls varies in difficulty, from long hikes and cliff scrambling, to roadside viewing points with convenient parking. To view a beautiful waterfall with minimal effort, head to Ho Olalaea Waterfall.
Ho Olalaea Waterfall
Actually known as Opaeka’a Falls, this 151-foot waterfall cascades into the Opaeka’a Stream below, eventually joining the Wailua River before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. The viewing platform of one of our Kauai waterfalls is located across the valley from the waterfall, so views are distant, but still pretty. A grassy area and restrooms make this a picturesque place to stop for a picnic if you’re on the east coast. Head across the cross walk for expansive views of the Waimea River.
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When heading north on Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56) from Lihue, turn left in the town of Wailua on Kuamoo Road (580). Drive approximately two miles until you see a parking area and signage for Opaeka’a Falls on your right. The viewing area is located right along the parking lot.
In The Area
Opaeka’a Falls is located in close proximity to several other popular attractions. Pair your trip to Ho Olalaea Falls with a visit to nearby Wailua Falls. Wailua Falls is also easily accessible with the viewing point near the parking lot, though you will have a much closer view of this dramatic 173-foot waterfall. With the right timing, you can look down at a rainbow forming at the base of the falls.
Nearby Sleeping Giant is a popular hiking spot for visitors and locals alike. This is a family friendly hike with three trail options all leading to the same summit. The family-friendly Kuilau Ridge Trail is also nearby and offers breathtaking valley views. When you’re ready for some shopping or a bite to eat, head back toward the ocean to Kapa’a, Kauai’s east coast town with the widest variety of shops and restaurants.
We have nearly 30 rentals properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores. Staying at one of our east coast properties such as Banyan Harbor, Islander on the beach, Kaha Lani, Lae Nani, Kauai Beach Resort, or Pono Kai will put you in perfect proximity for enjoying the beauty of Opaeka’a Falls and other Kauai waterfalls. Contact us to make your vacation rental booking and to learn more about local activities.
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