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Wailua Falls

Main characteristics

Coordinates: 22.0345 N 159.3786 W
No:548        (list of all attractions)
Values:Geology, Visual
Address:Oceania, United States, Hawaii, eastern part of Kaua'i, in Wailua River State Park, north from Lihue
Alternate name:Waiehu
Height:26 m
Width:10 - 15 m
Drops:1 (for most part of time divided in two streams)
Stream:south fork of Wailua
Wailua Falls, Hawaii
Wailua Falls / Miguel Vieira, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

There are many very tall waterfalls in Hawaii - up to 900 m tall! But not always the beauty is in superlative numbers - the "mere" 26 m tall Wailua Falls are among the most beautiful waterfalls in Hawaii.

Wailua Falls, Hawaii
Wailua Falls / KendanX, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Wailua River

This waterfall has formed on the southern fork of Wailua River some 4 - 5 kilometres before its confluence with the northern fork of river. Wailua River is the only navigable river in Hawaii - but this wide part of river starts several kilometres below the falls. At the falls Wailua is fairly small stream but nevertheless it is flowing throughout the year.


Wailua Falls have a single drop - a plunge through open air. Water falls into spme 10 m deep and large plunge pool - in earlier times local Hawaiian men jumped from the falls into the pool to prove their manhood.

At high water there is a single stream falling over the ledge but at low water it divides into two and even three smaller streams.

Nowadays some also are jumping from the falls although it is forbidden. Unfortunately there have been reported deaths due to these jumps.

This waterfall belongs to the most accessbile falls in Hawaii and is appreciated by thousands of tourists.


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