You will likely hear Wailua Falls before you see it as this double waterfall cascades 173 feet into the Wailua River below. If you’re thinking this waterfall looks familiar, you may have seen it featured on the opening credits of the television series Fantasy Island. With the observation area right next to the parking lot, you can be up close and personal with this natural wonder with very little effort required. With the right timing, a rainbow can often be seen extending from the base of the falls – a unique chance to look down at a rainbow rather than up. The pictures you take here will be one of the highlights of your trip!
Hiking to the Base of the Wailua Falls
According to local legend, this is where Hawaiian kane (men) tested their endurance by jumping from the top of the falls into the pool below. This should not be attempted however, as jumping is now illegal and has proven fatal. However, if you would like to get a closer look at the falls, there is an option to hike down to the base. The “trail” is unmaintained, steep, and muddy. To find it, walk along the wall at the top until a large wired fence begins. Cross over the short fence at this point and continue on the other side of the tall fence until you see a path to your left. While not far in length, the steep muddy terrain makes this a tough trail. Due to the possibility of flash flooding, it should not be attempted during or after heavy rain. Once at the bottom, you can cool off in the freezing pool or enjoy the mist from the powerful Wailua Falls in Kauai.
Wailua Falls is located behind the Kalepa Mountain Forest Reserve in Hanamā‘ulu. To get to there from Lihue, take Highway 56 (Kuhio Highway) toward Hanamā‘ulu and take a left at Ma‘alo Road (Highway 583). Drive down this road for a few miles until it dead ends into the parking lot.
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