Honokohau Falls

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

Honokohau Falls are included in the following list:

Map of top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands
Top 10 waterfalls of Hawaiian Islands

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Honokohau Falls 20.906263, -156.583612   Honokohau Falls
Coordinates: 20.9063 N 156.5836 W
Categories: Waterfalls
Values: Geology, Visual
Rating: (4 / 5)
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?)

Landmarks of Hawaii

Eruption of Kīlauea volcano, 1954
Eruption of Kīlauea volcano, 1954 / USGS, public domain
The Hawaiian Islands belong to the most remote islands in the world. Hawaii are characterised by tropical climate, mountainous relief, volcanism and isolation. If compared to most islands in Pacific, several Hawaiian Islands have comparatively large landmass. All these factors have led to the development of numerous impressive and unique natural attractions and some impressive monuments of culture.

Waterfalls and rapids

Virginia Falls, Canada
Virginia Falls / Paul Gierszewski, / public domain
Some of the most fascinating and awe inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls, or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

Recommended books

Lonely Planet Best of Hawaii

Ancient Sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai


This informative and easy-to-follow guidebook makes the ancient sites of Maui, Molokai and Lanai available to the general public for the first time. Grouping th sites by location, the book characterizes the cultural background of five main types of sites: heiau (temples), pohaku (sacred stones), petroglyphs, caves and fishponds.

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