Honokohau Falls

Honokohau Falls from the air, Hawaii
Honokohau Falls from the air / Forest and Kim Starr, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 20.9063 N 156.5836 W
No:377        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:Oceania, United States, Hawaii, Maui, western part of island, to the north from the summit of Puu Kukui
Alternate names:Honokōhau Falls, Honokahau Falls, "Jurassic Falls"
Height:341 m? (487 m?)

Honokohau Falls most likely are tallest falls in Maui. This fantastic waterfall has been filmed for "Jurassic park" in order to create a feeling of otherworldy, exotic beauty.

Honokohau Falls are named after Honokohau stream - comparatively long river which starts near the summit of Puu Kukui and after some 2 km reaches the abyss. Frequent rains (summit of Puu Kukui gets more than 9,000 mm of rain per year - one of highest rainfalls in the world) help to form a small river, which here, along the layers of Wailuku basalt formation falls into amphitheatre-shaped valley. After the falls Honokohau stream continues to flow through giant, up to 700 m deep canyon and reaches the ocean after 14 km.

Waterfall has two steps. Upper step is higher, water falls into a small pool and after short distance fall continues.

Often it is mentioned that height of falls is 341 m, but there are sources which mention a height of 487 m.

Waterfall is very hard to access by feet - but there are organized helicopter tours to this beautiful landmark. If clouds cover the summit of mountains, the sight is unusual. It seems that waterfall emerges from the cloud and falls down along emerald green mountain slope.


See Honokohau Falls on the map of Hawaii!

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Waterfalls, rapids

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Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Honokohau Falls are included in the following list:

Top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands

Map of 10 best waterfalls in Hawaiian Islands

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