Visit Akaka Falls & Honomu TownBig Island

While the hike to AKAKA FALLS takes less than half an hour, the view—which attracts an estimated one million visitors a year—and fun along the way make this destination a worthwhile excursion.

Start your exploration at the village of HONOMU, 11 miles north of Hilo on the Hamakua Coast, now known as the GATEWAY TO THE FALLS. It once was a bustling community that catered to the sugar industry populated with saloons, a hotel, stores and several churches.

A stroll through this tiny community quickly calls to mind remnants of its past, with wooden boardwalks, railings and buildings with false fronts housing antique shops and eateries.