NileGuide Expert Says:
Beautiful falls and a fun, although tiring hike.
Off Highway 583 (Ma'alo Road) in Kapaia Valley
(North of Hanamaulu)
Kauai, HI 96766
tel: =1 800 464 2924
Local myth says that the ali'i, or Hawaiian royalty, would come to Wailua Falls to display their physical fitness by diving from the cliff into the pool below. The double waterfall, which cascades 80 feet over a ledge is located at the end of Route 583 that runs from the highway inland and north, through cane fields and past a valley overlook.
The backdrop of the famed Fantasy Island
television show, the falls can be viewed from the side of the road, or from the bottom of a trail that is recommended only for experienced hikers. The trail is often wet and slippers, and there is a rope hanging down it for hikers to hold onto whether they are going up or down. The beautiful falls are worth the hike if you can make it and you may end up having the falls to yourself when you get down there. Use good judgment when deciding to proceed.
Photo courtesy of Josh Steinitz